Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Kinetic Pergola by Brian Lee
July 3rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Brian Lee
Blurring the boundaries between architecture and furniture this work dissolves the abstract relationship between architectural form and the body into one of a more direct experiential correlation, questioning architecture as object and proposing an architecture where form is the result of action and use.
Sitting is one of the basic human activities that occur within architectural space. This activity usually does not require interaction with or influence architectural form. Kinetic Pergola uses basic mechanics and the weight of the seated body to manipulate form through the act of sitting. Interactive wall sections collapse into a seat when sat into and return to their vertical position when the occupant stands. Roof panels attached to the top of the seating elements act as a counterweighted lever to provide resistance while sitting and raise the panels to their upright position while standing up. Each roof panel contains 68lbs of steel in the end opposite of the seating element. Learning from mock ups, and previous chair studies, details were worked out and digital files were prepared for fabrication. No gears, springs, or off the shelf components were used. Each seating element acts independently to provide an individual experience for each user with each user’s interaction having an effect on the form.
Although other applications have not yet been developed, the present configuration could be used as a bus stop that indicates the presence of riders. Solar panels could be incorporated into the design to power lighting for nighttime use.
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