December 24, 2017

Wind-responsive illuminated mesh

Windscreen is a lightweight architectural lattice composed of an array of small wind turbines. The wind-activated structure generates and consumes renewable energy, translating the speed of local breezes into fluctuating levels of illumination.

Installed temporarily on the south face of MIT’s Building 54 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Windscreen flickered and vibrated as it indexed the wind, making information that is otherwise invisible, visible. The installation emphasized the connection between form and performance while demonstrating a fresh approach to integrating renewable power generation into architectural envelopes.

Contact: Höweler and Yoon Architecture, LLP, Boston, MA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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