Twist was our introduction to sensor technology and kinetic architecture. We began with simple LEGO NXT programming, sensors, and servos to investigate its uses in achitecture. TWIST focuses on transition spaces in order to create an awareness of self and of others in space. The lycra fabric twists using an inner, acrylic frame connected to a belt driven gear. The rotating frame stretches the fabric into a gill like opening which allows users to see beyond. The intention of the project is to speculate on a kinetic window shading system that could replace current installments. The shades would only open as the user walks by allowing light to be softly blocked throughout the day. The system is component based and can be expanded to any window size. It has the potential to become a graphic from the exterior as well, tracking movement patterns throughout a building.
This project combined accurate laser-cutting and precise hand work in order to accomplish its movement. The acrylic system was designed and tested numerous times in order to determine its necessary shape and possible strength, while each two-sided lycra panels was hand sewn around this frame. The kinetics are driven by a series of custom laser-cut gears and rotating arms that amplify movement.
This project helped us realize the limited abilities of the technology we were using but provided the incentive to engage in systems with more potential.