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Climate Responsive Pavilion Uses Laminated Metal to “Bloom” in the Sun

Climate Responsive Pavilion Uses Laminated Metal to “Bloom” in the Sun | sustainable architecture |

Architecture has long been valued for its static nature and sense of permanence. Increasingly, however, architects are working to make buildings more responsive to users and to the climate.

Often this is accomplished through mechanical means, but architect Doris Kim Sung, of LA-based DOSU studio architecture, looks building materials themselves can be responsive, integrating changeability into the structure itself.

The dramatic shell-like form of her recent pavilion, Bloom, suggests, an interest in cutting-edge digital design. While this is also the case, Bloom’s true innovation happens more slowly, through the bending of 14,000 metal tiles according to heat levels generated by the sun. With an aluminum frame supporting the panels, the design is a monocoque structure with a load-bearing skin.

For Sung, Bloom is just the beginning of what responsive architecture could be. Harnessing digital technology, advanced fabrication, and new materials point to dynamic new possibilities for the discipline.

Lauren Moss's insight:

A very interesting exploration of material and technology, in the architectural context of a unique and innovative pavilion installation.

The implications of new, climate-responsive building materials are vast, and it should be fascinating to see what the future holds for their applications in the built environment...

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Tiltpanel House by Irving Smith Jack Architects

Tiltpanel House by Irving Smith Jack Architects | sustainable architecture |

The Tiltpanel House is a durable, cost efficient and thermally sustainable house in Nelson, New Zealand, bordered by a forest reserve and overlooking Tasman Bay.

It was developed using a commercial approach to fabricating buildings with preformed insulated concrete panels. The industrial structure was then domesticated with applied layering of texture and light to soften and warm as a family home...

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