As technology continues to expand the possibilities of architectural design, so, too, does it yield new materials, structural and otherwise. At almost every scale, robotics, high-definition printing, and smart LEDs are being blended with materials like aluminum, mosaic tiles and paper to revolutionize the way that we experience the built environment.
The following collection includes a plethora of architectural products — from individual wall panels to entire building façades — that showcase how computational design, robotics, printing and advanced lighting can be utilized to both manufacture and illuminate surfaces. The future of computational technology is leading to a place where digital imagery is the very mode of communication within an architectural envelope — and the driving force behind its design.
Bortolotto has just unveiled a proposal to add an interactive façade to an existing office building at the Ontario College of Art and Design. The water-jet-cut aluminum panels are perforated with an informational, non-repeating pattern that is based on the street topography of the city.
You can’t get more high-def than Image Wizards‘ digitally printed aluminum panels. The company boasts that their clients Google, Facebook and Lockheed-Martin rave about the scratch-resistant material, which not only provides brilliant image quality, but also withstands the test of time.
LED lighting is the medium by which IMAGIC Weave fuses together the latest technology in intelligent façade systems by using HAVER woven wire mesh from Traxon Technologies, an Osram business, providing sustainable lighting and creating unforgettable experiences throughout the world, from buildings, stadiums, and skyscrapers to shopping malls and airports.
At the core of Flavor Paper‘s wallpapers is its digitally produced prints that not only push the limits of image fidelity in wallpaper technology, but also incorporate toxin-free inks and the time-honored notion of craft.
Artaic’s Naturally Refined Mosaic Collection utilizes robotic precision manufacturing and computer-aided design systems to produce large-scale and high-volume mosaics with “unparalleled speed, ease, flexibility, and cost.”
Evans and Paul does more than create your everyday bathroom accessories! Their Glow Wall System panels can be etched with customizable patterns and exhibit high-res graphics, colors, and LED lights to motion graphics and videos.
This stainless steel mesh is ideal for large-scale commercial applications: not only can it cover up to four times the area of traditional billboards, Mediamesh® uses upward of 80% less power while allowing roughly 60% transparency for daylighting and ventilation.