TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Research & Experimentation

Development of a curtain wall prototype with dynamic behaviour (SmartSkin)

Luca Guardigli
Alma-Mater Studiorum, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italia
Francesco Della Fornace
Alma-Mater Studiorum, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italia
Oscar Casadei
Focchi S.p.A., Italia
Fabio Frani
Focchi S.p.A., Italia
Luca Nicolini
Focchi S.p.A., Italia
Gian Marco Revel
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italia
Marco Arnesano
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italia
TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Published May 17, 2018
Keywords
  • Dynamic curtain wall,
  • Plug and play components,
  • Integrated thermal machines,
  • Adaptive
How to Cite
Guardigli, L., Della Fornace, F., Casadei, O., Frani, F., Nicolini, L., Revel, G. M., & Arnesano, M. (2018). Development of a curtain wall prototype with dynamic behaviour (SmartSkin). TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, 16, 218-225. https://doi.org/10.13128/Techne-23108

Abstract

The paper presents a research project, derived from a collaboration between Universities, manufacturers and designers with international experience in curtain walls and HVAC systems. The research consisted in experimenting a technological solution for a building envelope with dynamic behaviour and high aesthetic value, which is able to respond to the influence of fixed and variable factors – internal and external – with respect to regulatory requirements and flexibility needs during the design and the operational phase. The goal is to reduce the embodied energy of the components, optimise the energy consumption during the use phase and limit the construction costs with the segmentation of the devices, the shrinkage of the floor height and the acceleration of the assembly process.

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