Adaptive Fritting

October 26, 2010
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Integral light-modulating window shading

Hoberman Associates developed Adaptive Fritting in order to imbue an established architectural treatment with expanded functionality. Similar to standard fritted glass, this invention utilizes a graphic pattern surface treatment in order to control heat gain and modulate light, while allowing sufficient transparency for viewing.

However, while conventional fritting relies on a fixed pattern density, Adaptive Fritting provides a variable density that can modulate the amount of light transmittance. This performance is achieved by shifting a series of transparent fritted layers such that the graphic pattern can transition between a fully aligned state (minimal coverage) and an offset state (maximum coverage).

The panels pictured here are programmed to demonstrate the dynamic responsiveness of a field where light transmission and views can continuously adapt and change. As the Adaptive Frits transform, the visual effect is of sparse dots blossoming into an opaque surface.

Contact: Hoberman Associates, New York, NY, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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