Variable Insulation (1/2)

Cleo Buster*

Posted on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 2:55 am

This project releases the insulation from the confines of the wall package, freeing it to adapt to variable thermal conditions.

In this way the insulation offers the possibility of addressing thermal needs that arise from constantly varying weather conditions as well as from the diverse programmatic uses of a space.

Two curtain prototypes were fabricated using two different materials. The first curtain is made of many individual aluminized Mylar pillows attached together. Each pillow is connected by polyethylene tubing to a centralized air pump and fitted with two-way valves. This enables the curtain to be inflated for use and deflated when not in use. The curtain responds to the exterior temperature and interior temperature, giving the inhabitant control over their environment.

The second prototype consists of individual cells constructed from one continuous piece of polyethylene tubing. Thus, the infrastructure becomes the structure, eliminating the need for two separate systems. Each cell has a clear latex balloon attached to a two-way valve, which is connected to the central matrix of the system. The balloon curtain has multiple functions: it simultaneously acts to insulate, mediate privacy and control light.

*Guided by: Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos

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