Armoured Corset

This study proposes the use of a nickel-magnesium thermobimetal as a smart material in the development of a responsive building skin. Thermobimetals are a lamination of two thin sheet metals with different expansion coefficients, which when heated results in the curling of the material. His research considers the application of thermobimetals in architecture by multiplying the capacity of its character into a two-dimensional surface, a skin for a building. The intent is to develop a skin that as the outside (or inside) temperature rises, each individual metal tile will curve and the pores of the skin will physically open, allowing the building to ventilate automatically. To investigate the capacity of this material in this application, various tile shapes and forms were tested and modeled digitally in Catia and ParaCloud. The final selected tile was a simple, but digitally pliable, cross-shape. The dynamic shape of the overall structure allowed each tile to change parametrically, where no two tiles are identical. Depending on the length of the arms of the cross, the tiles will curve horizontally or vertically. The overall form will shrink when heated and will offset the fine-tuned balance of the structure, rocking it to maximize its shade. This piece was up in 2010 and since then has been taken down. There are plans to reinstall it in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.
Last updated: 15-Aug-2013 02:11 PM