Recently we came across this article from core77 - Architect Doris Kim Sung’s “Metal That Breathes”.
Doris Kim Sung was a biology major who switched into architecture, and her combination of the two interests has now led her to experimenting with building systems inspired by everything from human skin. "Our building skins should be more similar to human skin” she says.
To that end Sung has been experimenting with thermo-bimetals, two thin layers of metal that expand and contract, in response to temperature, at different rates. Laminating two like-sized sheets of different material together and subjecting them to a temperature change causes the sheet to curl up—and this phenomenon can be exploited to create a building that ingeniously shades itself as needed, requiring no external power.
Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. This innovation may change life – heating/cooling bills, lighting in homes and aesthetic beauty.
Not only will this innovation revolutionise the architecture industry, but also the sheetmetal industry. Smart thermobimetal, is primarily made out of sheetmetal.
We would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Australian designers and fabricators who are as fascinated as we are with this new process. Our climate seems to be perfect to test and develop these ideas.
Watch the amazing video “Metal That Breathes”
Photo courtesy of core77