Arch 551 (Performative Building Skin)

The circadian rhythm is the 24 hour cycle of living beings, it is linked to well-being, human health, and performance of activities. Currently, publicly shared spaces are designed with limited control and connection to these cycles. The purpose of the design is to provide varying light conditions within a publicly shared room in order to enhance and emphasize the natural cycles through the integration of natural light. This integration decreases demand for electricity and generates a better learning environment.

The skin functions as a mediator and interpreter of the dynamic natural lighting conditions. It utilizes this changing light to alter the interior spaces, resulting in a dynamic use by the occupants. This encourages movement within the space and generates social interaction. The design does this by diffusing and directing the available natural light into interior spaces. The interior environment responds by emphasizing these conditons and taking qualitative advantage of them.