Bubble FaçadeSilicone bubbles for architectural purposes.
Integrating bubbles into a dynamically changing facade is an innovative concept. The bubbles have to strongly adhere to the textile facade and yet be flexible enough to be inflated. To achieve this the team uses two different types of silicone in the construction of the bubbles and precise pneumatic actuators to inflate them. Combining the bubbles with LED lighting will only increase the wow factor.
The goal is to create a new facade matrix of Bubbles of variable volume and colour as decorative visual element. The prototype will be at least 1 m2 big Bubble Facade element for buildings. The see-through woven fabric in the facade element will hold a pattern of silicone bubbles. When inflated the facade will display a fashionable opaque design and glow in the dark. By combining the bubble facace with a sensor system, the pores of the underlying textile can open and close and, working as an smart regulator system for the light coming in and out, saving energy.
JAN SERODE (Germany)
JAN SERODE is an architect who is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
GIANNI TONINO (Luxemburg)
GIANNI TONINO is an architecture student who has designed several morphing facades for buildings in the last few years. Martin Lieser from TLE is a technician and Bachelor student of Aerospace Technology. In 2019, he co-founded the startup TLE to commercialise Smart Textile products.