2012 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Bloom

Bloom responds to environmental conditions to create a dynamic surfacing system.

The structural tile (top) widens or narrows depending on sun exposure, while the flap tile (bottom) maintains a constant width but can have varying lengths depending on its angle to the sun.

Variations of the tesselated panels

Final monocoque form of a self-supporting, hyperbolic paraboloid structure comprising Bloom panels.

The built monocoque form at the Materials & Application Gallery in Los Angeles

Surface change of Bloom over the course of a day in which temperatures ranged between 55 F and 86 F. The thermobimetal begins to activate around 70 F.

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