Tectonics of Transparency: The Wall - CODAworx

Tectonics of Transparency: The Wall

Submitted by Cristina Parreno Alonso

Client: International Design Center

Location: Cambridge, MA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team


Cristina Parreno Alonso


ixto Cordero (RA), Dohyun Lee, Stefan Elsholtz, Nazareth Ekmekian and Haydee Casellas,



Tectonics of Transparency: “The Wall” is an undulating structure which geometry changes in appearance according to the position of the viewer. The architectural installation aims to generate high compressive strength as a vehicle to produce spatial environments that are specific to the glass medium. The use of glass as the only material touches on issues of perception, privacy, transparency, light and opacity. In turn, the artifact has the potential to exude multiple interpretations.


The project emphasizes the interaction between the screen and the light. Its appearance varies dramatically in relation to the source of light and the position of the viewer. The myriad of apertures of the screen subtly change shape as we perceive them from different angles.


Tectonics of Transparency aims to study the relationship between formal design, spatial perception, structural efficiency and systems of fabrication, introducing the variant of the glass medium that will contribute by offering a completely new set of parameters thus requiring new means and method of aggregation, joinery, and stabilization.

Additional Information

Credits: -- Cristina Parreño, with RA Sixto Cordero and student collaborators Dohyun Lee (BSA), Stefan Elsholtz (MArch), and Nazareth Ekmekian (SM), and NADAAA intern Haydee Casellas.​ (Partially funded by CAMIT, IDC and HASS)