Web Exclusive | September 2014
Shape shifting architecture
From responsive architecture to shape shifting architects, masterminds around the world are experimenting and how! Three architecture students from Barcelonas Institute for Advanced Architecture have come up with a new concept for shape-shifting architecture. The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light. In its proposal, the team created a modular component that expands and contracts based on temperature. The idea is that by attaching a SMP joint to a tessellation of material (in this case plywood), you can expand that component’s surface area to four times its original footprint. Apply another round of heat, and it will return to its original memory state. The team decided on an origami-inspired shape that folds inward and outward.
So far its just a concept, but we can’t stop thinking – “what are the benefits of this?”