Responsive Skin is the second phase of a façade project developed at UCLA and currently sited at Aalto University. The three-year research and development project explores how the environment impacts a façade, and how it could be made responsive. The skin system of the façade structure and each of its controllable elements react to the environment, which informs a simulation program to form the surface.
The façade structure is broken down into individual elements and each element is a part of the larger skin system, reacting to environmental factors such as sunlight, wind, temperature etc.
Building façades and other cladded structures can be optimized ecologically, structurally and for diversity by combining simulation technology, algorithmic design technology, parametric computer models, and digital manufacturing technologies.
The concept and design work was done in close collaboration with UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Stuttgart, and the Fraunhofer IPA in Germany.
Department of Material Science and Engineering
Aalto School of Chemical Technology
Seppo Kivivuori, Professor
UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design, Technology Seminar
Brian James Cadiz
Kivi Sotamaa, Director
Ashish Mohite, Design Research