Ouverture Cinétique

Responsive and kinetic architecture for public spaces that adapts depending on human presence and meteorological conditions

“At last reality only exists as a projection of light. We are distances of light. All technology is late sun-cult.” (Paul Virilio)

Ouverture Cinétique feels the presence of people and changes its configuration, morphing from an open to a closed system. Through a series of choreographed movements the canopy shelters people from rain and strong sun. The structure changes its light permeability locally through the polarization of its surfaces activated by rotation, working as a mechanized shadow.

This kinetic canopy is conceived mainly for public squares in sunny countries. The structure enables people to enjoy public urban spaces despite adverse weather conditions. Its modularity and scalability also make it suitable as a large-scale pavilion for an exhibition space.


I am currently looking for partnership and funding to bring this project to a next level.

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