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A buidings costume - a piezo electric facade


This essay makes an attempt to come up with a new kind of façade material. The starting points for this attempt are the double façade as a good replacement for the ugly standard solutions to solve building physics, and a women’s dress as a good example of elegance. From this came an idea to make a woven façade that could adapt to the changes of the weather. The idea of a façade that could change from a closed to an open structure. For this is has to change the shape of its material structure, something piezo-electric material can do when put under an electric current. A façade made of woven piezo-electric material needs electricity to change shape, but it also works the other way around; when put under stress it can also generate electricity.