The development of ADAPA began in the academic environment of Aalborg University at the school for Architecture, Design and Media Technology. It was the final year for the founder of ADAPA, Christian Raun Jepsen and having an interest in the production technology and computational design theory part of architecture, he was researching in possible ways of creating organic shapes in architecture on an economical production scale.

During the initial stages of the process, the problem with conventional ways of producing curved architecture from an arts and crafts point of view, spending considerable sums, effort and time on production of structural pieces for use in organic shapes becomes apparent. The mould production was too slow, because of the amount of different moulds that would have to be made when creating unique structural pieces for inclusion in a double curved shape.

The study and analysis led to the conceptualization of a computer controlled device that could produce complex, smooth shapes from a mould that would be able to change quickly and adapt to the shape determined by the computer.

During the spring of 2010 software prototypes for the program, controlling the machine was created. Mechanical tests were analyzed and design drawings were made for the prototype. The first adaptive mould was produced with support from Aalborg University and the Obel Family Foundation in June 2010. ADAPA was founded shortly after.


ADAPA is a multi-disciplinary company, working with computational and technological aspects of architecture. The company’s focus lies on developing and producing mechanical mould solutions able to produce cost-efficient, dynamic shapes with unique curvature for use in architecture.

We believe that the ability to design freely, affordable and sustainable lies within the abilities of understanding and utilizing the full potential of the latest technologies and manufacturing methods, making them the basis for the development of modern architecture.


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