Inspired by the natural phenomenon of tropism—in which a plant actively responds to external stimuli—designer Natasa Zednik constructed an intelligent kinetic building system entitled Sonomorph that moves in response to changing environmental conditions. A research collaboration with Cornell University, Sljivancanin’s sound-responsive wall is comprised of cellular components that react to various stimuli by opening and closing cells that absorb sound and emit light. Other potential stimuli include light, proximity of people, and touch.
Aluminum outer panels and glass-reinforced plastic inner panels are the components of Sonomorph cells. They are mounted to a simple steel wire net with standard hardware and employ various sensory devices, servo motors, and LED lights for interactive functionality. During the day the cells’ polished aluminum shells shimmer in the sunlight, and at night they impart a subtle, colored glow. By involving people in new playful interactions, Sonomorph explores various ways in which augmented physical environments can more extensively and specifically engage their dynamic contexts.