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