Adaptive Shading

October 17, 2011
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Customizable grid adaptive shading system

For an architectural project located in a desert climate, Hoberman Associates was asked to design a roof covering for an open-air plaza. They created a kinetic design that works off an operable grid. In its covered configuration, the shading roof appears similar to a coffered ceiling; yet when retracted, the roof becomes a slender lattice. In addition to shading, the system is designed protect visitors from high winds and dust storms.

Each unit is a self-contained, framed grid assembly consisting of multiple panels that extend and retract synchronously. Each whole unit actually comprises several openings that are driven by a single drive arm, making the system efficient and economic.

The grid shade’s simple, robust design provides opportunities for custom profiles and patterning. Hoberman has developed parametric design tools for designing customized configurations.

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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