second skin

The design is based on the idea of having a second skin which acts as a protective shield for the actual house. This skin should not only provide protection during the winter, but also supply the house with electricity, water and act as shading during the summer. In order to survive the impact of meteorites, it is designed in a flexible manner, meaning that the structure will deform when hit and go back to its original shape afterwards. The house underneath the hull is build out of insulated concrete walls in order to resist debris from impacts nearby and in case the hull fails.



The house is designed as a two story atrium house which orients itself towards the protected courtyard in the middle. Protected parking space for cars is provided on the southern side underneath the protective skin. The skin also allows for a garden which can be accessed during winter and protects the plants from meteorites.



The skin consists out of 4 different parts: the greened concrete wall on the east which stabilises the roof, the adaptive metal blades which act as protection for the sides during winter and which provide shade during summer, the flexible columns which support the roof and the adaptive roof panels.


roof panels:

The hexagon shaped panels consist out if three elements: the structural support, the rainwater collection system and the rotating triangles. These are designed in such a way that they act similar to the flowers of plants, during daytime they open up in order to collect sunlight with the photovoltaic modules which are mounted underneath the protective steel skin and at night and winter they close up in order to protect the house. On the edges there is the rainwater collection system which should provide the house and garden with water.



I have attached the formit file, a panoramic rendering and the revit file with all the adaptive families I have created for you to check out (all can be manipulated via parameters).

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