Web Exclusive | September 2014
A responsive glass façade!
Architects around the world are now attempting to create interacting and responsive architecture. Dutch designer Simon Heijdens has designed a responsive glass façade that reacts to wind passing over its surface, scattering triangular patterns of light and shadow in an installation at Now Gallery London. The effect of this installation is created using sheets of responsive film fixed to glass panels – a technique the London-based designer debuted at the Art Institute Chicago in 2010. To achieve the desired effect, the glass façade filters natural sunlight into a moving kaleidoscope of light and shadow directly choreographed by the elements passing outside, and restores an unplanned natural timeline to the interior of the building.