Designing architectural morphing skins with elastic modular systems

Khoo, C, Salim, F and Burry, J 2011, 'Designing architectural morphing skins with elastic modular systems', International Journal of Architectural Computing, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 397-419.

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Title Designing architectural morphing skins with elastic modular systems
Author(s) Khoo, C
Salim, F
Burry, J
Year 2011
Journal name International Journal of Architectural Computing
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 397
End page 419
Total pages 23
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing
Abstract This paper discusses the issues of designing architectural skins that can be physically morphed to adapt to changing needs. To achieve this architectural vision, designers have focused on developing mechanical joints, components, and systems for actuation and kinetic transformation. However, the unexplored approach of using lightweight elastic form-changing materials provides an opportunity for designing responsive architectural skins and skeletons with fewer mechanical operations. This research aims to develop elastic modular systems that can be applied as a second skin or brise-soleil to existing buildings.The use of the second skin has the potential to allow existing buildings to perform better in various climatic conditions and to provide a visually compelling skin. This approach is evaluated through three design experiments with prototypes, namely Tent, Curtain and Blind, to serve two fundamental purposes: Comfort and Communication. These experimental prototypes explore the use of digital and physical computation embedded in form-changing materials to design architectural morphing skins that manipulate sunlight and act as responsive shading devices.
Subject Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Digital and Interaction Design
Keyword(s) Climatic conditions
Existing building
Experimental prototype
Kinetic transformation
Mechanical joints
Mechanical operations
Modular system
Shading devices
Digital devices
DOI - identifier 10.1260/1478-0771.9.4.397
Copyright notice © 2011 Multi-Science Publishing
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