Façades are key architectural components that act as a filter between the building’s interior and exterior, and thus play a huge role both in the energy-efficiency and in the aesthetic qualities of a building.
Modern architects like LeCorbusier have used brise-soleils, elements usually offset from the building’s body, to cast shadows and protect the interior from direct sunlight. Our research aims at reinterpreting this archetypal architectural element with recent advances in technology and chemistry, to create smart surfaces that afford an aesthetic, energy-efficient, and interactive architecture.
This video presents prototypes and concepts that explore organic electrochromism and its potentials at the architectural scale.
CROMA is an inter-disciplinary research initiative at MIT led by Daniel Cardoso, a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Architecture and Planning, Dr. Avni Argun, a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department, and Carlos Rocha, a graduate from the Media Lab. Design firm SOFTLab has collaborated remotely from NY with the team in the production of 3D scenarios. The project has received generous support from an MIT Council for the Arts grant. Professor of Media Arts and Sciences William Mitchell is the initiative’s advisor.
See more information and a list of publications in croma.mit.edu