Wind Powered Artistic Light Facade

Facade-array

The Architectural Review recently mentioned an interesting facade installation on an office building in Utrecht, Netherlands.  Designed by Cepezed, in collaboration with Ned Kahn Studios, the facade is made with about 3,250 square feet of stainless steel mesh.  The mesh grid holds transparent plastic disks, or squares rather, that vibrate and move to the wind.  The effect is an artistic facade that produces a mezmorizing array of shade and light, together with exterior wave patterns that captivate. 

Mesh-close

It's a concept that's been applied in various settings (and, not to take anything away from this project, I believe the last one I saw was the back of a water delivery truck).  But wouldn't it be interesting to push this technology a little further, too.  What if you used shaded squares in a tight pattern?  Or flexible solar cells?  Or a piezoelectric generator

Vertical-canal-facade

Netherlands-facade

Vertical-facade

Photo credits: Ned Kahn Studios.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.schmidlanz Benjamin Schmid-Lanz

    interesting idea! ad: solar cells: theres a company in germany, that works stuff like that.forgot the name, but the uni darmstadt uses it in his house for the solar decathlon competition.

    also the piezo-idea is great, did you research further?

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