Semi-passive architecture facade design

Pei Hsien Hsu, Hong Cing Tung

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“Making architecture smart” is a key issue for contemporary architecture. Previous research in this direction has been mostly focused on the improvement of control systems insides buildings by making them more intelligent. This research, however, takes a different approach. Rather than focusing on the control systems, this research seeks a breakthrough in the designing of building elements. It proposes a design of architectural façade which incorporates a kinetic mechanism based on smart materials. Through the capability of smart materials in sensing and reaction, a prototype of building façade which has the ability to change dynamically is developed to respond to the changing natural environment and to furthermore affect the performance of architecture and conditions of the built environments (e.g. ventilation, shading and lighting). The proposed design also incorporates an electronic-device-based mechanism and, along with the smart material component, jointly forms a dual actuation system, which aims to equip the façade system with the ability to respond to the environment without consuming power for the majority of time while maintaining the ability to react instantly if required.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationANZAScA 2020 - 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Subtitle of host publicationImaginable Futures: Design Thinking, and the Scientific Method
EditorsAli Ghaffarianhoseini, Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Nicola Naismith, Mahesh Babu Purushothaman, Dat Doan, Esther Aigwi, Funmi Rotimi, Nariman Ghodrati
PublisherArchitectural Science Association
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780992383572
StatePublished - 2020
Event54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA 2020 - Virtual, Online, New Zealand
Duration: 26 Nov 202027 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference of Architectural Science Association
ISSN (Electronic)2209-3850


Conference54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA 2020
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityVirtual, Online


  • Double skin façade
  • Kinetic building façade
  • Smart façade
  • Smart materials


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