FLARE facade. Kinetic ambient reflection membrane
FLARE is a pneumatic building facade system. The FLARE system consists of a number of tiltable metal shingle bodies. An infinite array of shingles can be mounted on any building or wall surface in a modular system in multiples of 4x4 FLARE units. Each metal shingle reflects the bright sky or sunlight when in vertical standby position. When the shingle is tilted downwards by a computer controlled pneumatic piston, its face is shaded from the sky light and this way appears as a dark pixel. By reflecting ambient or direct sunlight the individual shingles of the FLARE system act like pixels formed by natural light. The system is controlled by a computer to form any kind of surface animation. Sensor systems inside and outside the building communicate the buildings activity directly to the FLARE system which acts as the buildings lateral line. FLARE turns the building facade into a penetrable membrane, breaking with all conventions of the building surface as a static skin.
- 2008 „smart spaces“ exhibition and conference, Denmark
- 2008 „Media Facades Festival“ exhibition, Berlin
- 2009 „Media Facades: History, Technology, Content“ by Matthias Hank Häusler, Av Edition
- 2009 „Interactive Architecture“ by Michael Fox, Miles Kemp, Princeton Architectural Press
- 2009 “Smart Surfaces”, Birkhäuser Verlag