Shutters is a soft kinetic membrane for environmental control and communication. It is composed of actuated louvers (or shutters) that can be individually addressed for precise control of ventilation, daylight incidence and information display. By combining smart materials, textiles and computation, Shutters builds upon other facade systems to create living environments and work spaces that are more energy efficient, while being aesthetically pleasing and considerate of its inhabitant's activities.
studioroosegaarde.net - Lotus is a living wall made out of smart foils which fold open in response to human behavior. Walking by 'Lotus', hundreds of aluminium foils unfold themselves in an organic way; generating transparent voids between private and public. Here physical walls become immaterial, through a poetic morphing of space and people.
ShapeShift is an experiment in future possibilities of architectural materialization. This project explores the potential application of electro-active polymer (EAP) at an architectural scale. EAP offers a new relationship to built space through its unique combination of qualities. It is an ultra-lightweight, flexible material with the ability to change shape without the need for mechanical actuators. As a collaboration between the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ETHZ) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), ShapeShift bridges gaps between advanced techniques in architectural design/fabrication and material science as well as pushing academic research towards real world applications.