The objective of the project was to explore the relationship of a facade with the building occupants. The project explored a kinetic skin concept that would respond to the movements of the body within the structure. A kinetic skin normally responds to daylighting or ventilation but here the skin would react to the motion of the occupants as a display of the activities within the building to the outside pedestrians.
Precedent – XEROMAX By Future Cities Lab
XEROMAX Skin, by Furture Cities Lab, is a quarter-scale experimental beta test for a responsive desert envelope that is calibrated, tuned, and responsive to the arid environment. The skin is part robotic structure, part experimental interface, and part analytical drawing instrument, it registers energy cycles and interactions over time while harvesting light, wind and water to produce a habitual space without traditional walls and roofs. This prototype is constructed of ultra thin custom actuators, arrays of light and proximity sensors that responds and moves with the body as the user interacts with the skin. As the skin interacts with the occupants over time, its behaviors will change and adjust as it registers and catalogues the events and changing conditions around it. (www.future-cities-lab.net)
The driver for the project is the motion of the body itself. As a body approaches a section of the louvered facade, the louvers will respond and rotate expressing this movement. Similarly when an occupant enters a room, such as an office, the facade will react to their presence and the louvers will rotate open allowing for daylighting and views.