Daily question: A building that “ripples”?

From WHITEvoid interactive art & design in Germany (video):


FLARE is a modular system to create a dynamic hull for facades or any building or wall surface. Acting like a living skin, it allows a building to express, communicate and interact with its environment.


Each metal flake reflects the bright sky or sunlight when in vertical standby position. When the flake is tilted downwards by a computer controlled pneumatic piston, its face is shaded from the sky light and this way appears as a dark pixel.

By reflecting ambient or direct sunlight, the individual flakes of the FLARE system act like pixels formed by natural light.

How long before someone figures out a “green” variation of this to control climate or reflect environmental metadata?

6 thoughts on “Daily question: A building that “ripples”?

  1. This would be interesting in a busy public plaza or walkway, shimmering in response to the crowd noise or foot traffic vibrations. Maybe it could even be programmed to calm or slow a frenzy.

    Please, anything but another grotesque extravagance in Dubai, or backdrop du jour for music videos.

  2. You would expect the military industry to come up with something like this; for ships to change their hull so they can generate less of a radar signature. Why haven’t they? I’m however glad it’s done in architecture. Really cool.

  3. chirax: “good to have and not must haves”

    True. I personally don’t have any specific idea why exactly WHITEvoid came up with this. It’s a very clever presentation. That alone might justify many applications. I’m curious as to what else it can offer, how more functional, informative and even beautiful it could become. I’m intrigued by its precision and clarity, not by its cost, sustainability or purpose.

  4. @”It does cry out for that sort of attention, doesn’t it?”
    but it is one of those features which are good to have and not must haves, no real function.

  5. Steven: “I thought that this was indeed some sort of green method…”

    It does cry out for that sort of attention, doesn’t it?

  6. To be honest, when I first began to read it I thought that this was indeed some sort of green method to influence or assist the climate control of the building. Of course, that has to be where this technology will end up, not just as some novel way to make the building look “cool.”

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