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September 28, 2005



Facades as Autonomous Skins

aperture--by UDK--is a facade installation with interactive and narrative display modes. Composed of single aperture-modules with receptor and actuator, aperture acts like an autonomous skin, capable of precise external control. Visual information is transmitted from the inside of the building to the outside, the surface permeability is regulated when the aperture‘s opening diameters are changed.

Each single aperture and all the apertures as entity "see" what happens on the inside of the facade and react accordingly: like the human eye‘s iris and the iris diaphragm of the objective, they react to light, widening and contracting according to the intensity of incoming light. If no human activity is to be distinguished on the inside, a "memory" mode recalls images and abstract animations captured throughout the day and displays them.

People standing in front of the wall are exposed to the aperture grid. The duration of the image fading out, as the apertures close, is itself a reflection of how long a person has been standing in front of aperture. Video of the working prototype. A project by Frédéric Eyl and Gunnar Green who are looking for sponsors to further develop the project. [blogged by Regine on we-make-money-not]

Posted by jo at September 28, 2005 07:00 AM