Interactive Kinetic Ceiling Breathes New Life Into Architectural Design
A responsive ceiling responds to the interaction between architecture and the human body
While architects continue to push the boundaries of the way buildings look on the outside, a lot of our experience with structures is heavily influenced by how they look on the inside. We experience a building by taking in its floors, rooms and ceilings.
Behnaz Farahi is re-evaluating our relationship with space by creating an interactive ceiling. The 15′ x 15′ ‘Aurora’ was created in collaboration with the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at the University of Southern California and SteelCase Inc.
A Kinect Motion Capture Camera detects a user’s movements and utilizes that information to create movement within the installation.
Farahi explains more about the project on her website:
This project aims to rethink the conventional rigid, solid architectural space through its combination of shape changing form, responsive lighting, adaptable spaces and interactive responses. It is an attempt therefore to reimagine the possibilities of sensory spaces and robotic architecture.
The project is named Aurora after “the Roman goddess of dawn, who renews herself each morning, flying across the sky and announcing the arrival of the sun.” In this sense, “the installation is about bringing things to life and illuminating the world.” It is created with “five active/dynamic and four passive/static modules covered by mesostructural industrial felt” but looks like something out of science fiction.
The project is currently on display at the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at the University of Southern California.