Water-Reacting Architectural Surface
Impressive project by Chao Chen, product design student at the Royal College of Arts, who has created a prototype for a building material (laminate) that shape shifts when it rains. It’s inspired by a similar mechanism found in pinecones.
The water-reacting surface is an architectural exterior material. Installed outside the building, it brings bright colour to residents in dim rainy days, especially in cities usually rains (London, Nanjing, Wuxi, etc.). On sunny days, the tiles of the surface are dry and lie flat. On rainy days, the tiles get wet and bend automatically, gently opening and showing the colour hidden beneath the surface to bring vitality to the space.
There’s a lot of potential in sensing, reacting and shape shifting materials out there. Hope to see more ambient and invisible technology like this one in the near future. You have to love the simplicity and elegance of the approach.
[Chao Chen] [via hopes&fears]