leeMundwiler's 'breathing' architecture in venice responds to human behavior leeMundwiler's 'breathing' architecture in venice responds to human behavior
jun 16, 2016

leeMundwiler's 'breathing' architecture in venice responds to human behavior

leeMundwiler’s ‘breathing’ architecture in venice responds to human behavior

 

 

 

inside venice’s palazzo mora, cara lee and stephan mundwiler of leeMundwiler architects have installed ‘CHiLL’ — a ‘breathing’ structure that kinetically responds to human interaction. as part of the ‘time – space – existence’ exhibit — a collateral event of the venice architecture biennale 2016 — the studio has wrapped a four-by-two meter diameter volume in 250 independently motion-activated mylar ‘flowers’. secured to 3D printed mechanic nerves, the sea of white and blue blooms are tethered to an aluminum spine and operated by a complex network of software. the installation has been created with newly-developed hardware and software programs that utilize open-sourced engineering and information technology.

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the installation is housed inside venice’s palazzo mora

 

 

 

as visitors enter the interior space of ‘CHiLL’, sensors detect the action of the person’s movements and commands. collected data is then analyzed and interpreted, sending signals to the mechanism to slowly open and close the individual blooms in an undulating rhythm. a subtle noise follows, recalling sounds of nature — a breeze as it passes through leaves, or the crunching of fresh snow.

 

leeMundwiler‘s presentation in venice is physical embodiment of the studio’s ongoing investigation into the concept of life in ‘inorganic architecture’. ‘what if architecture is no longer a static entity,’ lee questions, ‘rather, it is engineered to be an animated autonomy that self regulates its own destiny as a living organism thriving in a challenging environment, it endures and is adapted to ever-changing conditions by reacting to the external forces.’

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the ‘breathing’ structure kinetically responds to human interaction

 

 

 

‘CHiLL’ interacts to form a game as one of the many gestures perceived in architecture as a distinctive vocabulary,’ writes architect and professor thom stauffer about the installation. ‘furthermore, it is a metaphor calling out the undercurrent issues of human existence. its broader purpose is for users and viewers to potentially contemplate the intricate, interconnected, technological, and mechanical applications employed outside of architecture. the intention here is to investigate how a system that is in opposition to a reciprocal design approach would disturb architectural principles of consent, the same consent breached by human intervention in a natural world.’

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the installation forms part of the ‘time – space – existence’ exhibit at the 2016 venice architecture biennale

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a four-by-two meter diameter volume is wrapped in 250 independently motion-activated mylar ‘flowers’

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the blooms are secured to 3D printed mechanic nerves

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white and blue ‘flowers’ are tethered to an aluminum spine

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the installation has been created with newly-developed hardware and software programs 

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as visitors enter ‘CHiLL’, sensors detect the action of the person’s movements and commands

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collected data is analyzed, sending signals to the mechanism to slowly move the flowers

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individual blooms open and close in an undulating rhythm

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a subtle noise recalls sounds of nature — a breeze as it passes through leaves, or the crunching of fresh snow

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the presentation in venice is physical embodiment of the studio’s ongoing studies in ‘inorganic architecture’

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‘CHiLL’ simultaneously acts as a metaphor for the undercurrent issues of human existence

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