Future Workspaces Might Be Built from Pixels
MIMIC's design combines functions of privacy dividers, acoustic control, media display and interior lighting
The quest to bring the characteristics of a dynamic online environment into physical space has been undertaken by a lot of creative people already. It remains a largely experimental area of design sometimes referred to as media architecture. The point of it is to transform static buildings and interior spaces into ones that can change their appearance or react to occupants via digital technology.
MIMIC is a concept for a modular, digitally integrated dividing wall system for workspaces. Created by a collaboration architecture firm MG2 and the Eastman Innovation Lab, it shows the potential of thinking about walls made of pixel-like modules.
MIMIC’s design combines functions of privacy dividers, acoustic control, media display and even interior lighting into a single product.
While no physical prototype of MIMIC exists yet, Eastman proposed two possible materials to bring the project closer to reality. Each of the panels could be made of their Saflex laminated glass which would contain a thin Vanceva display layer. The Vanceva color system is already capable of producing almost 3,000 color combinations.