Pneumatic Facade Technology at display in the Breathing Skin Showroom, Germany

Inspired by organic skins that adjust their permeability to control the necessary flow of light, matter and temperature between the inside and the outside, the façade work by increasing or decreasing the size of the apertures..

Project- The Breathing Skins Showroom

Location: Mandelbachtal, Germany

Firm: Studio Tobias Becker

Architect: Tobias Becker

The façade work by increasing or decreasing the size of the apertures that are scattered across the surface-much like the skin’s pores would open up or constrict.

Inspired by organic skins that adjust their permeability to control the necessary flow of light, matter and temperature between the inside and the outside, the façade work by increasing or decreasing the size of the apertures that are scattered across the surface-much like the skin’s pores would open up or constrict. Besides the performance benefits, the changing appearance of the facades add to the aesthetics of the structure by proving a rich interplay between external and internal environment.

Dynamic Facade Architecture

What’s interesting here is the fact that these pores allow specific amount of air, light and visibility which can be set according to the user’s preference.

 On every square meter of a breathing skin façade, there are 140 air channels which are described by Becker as “pneumatic muscles.” What’s interesting here is the fact that these pores allow specific amount of air, light and visibility which can be set according to the user’s preference. Becker claims that operating such a facade would require minimal energetic input.

The Project was published in the October 2015 issue of Surfaces Reporter magazine.

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