Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of MArch AA Diploma students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg.

Digital High Resolution Factors

The banknote is considered trustworthy because it is difficult to replicate. The more details you put on a banknote, the more difficult it is for any person trying to copy it to get all the details right. By studying the details of the banknote and trying to generate a system that can be used on the facade.


Here are the fundamental elements that can generate differentiation on the facade. Transform the banknote elements into the digital factors, these qualities can be recomposed to communicate various situation and identity.

This is a test of applying the system on a facade without any ornamentation. If the rating goes higher, the person will get a much complex facade. Or when the social relationship of a person has increased, it will produce higher resolution.

More tests of how the digital qualities can affect on the facade to communicate different meanings. The facade would receive punishment and the result would appear directly on the facade itself. Examples such as the breaking of the geometry, complexity of surface and distorting of form.

The exterior of the building is the expression of a type of identity. From bottom to the top is the increase of complexity when the person gets higher ratings. The result is on the facade itself, as it has done historically.