“Breathing” Structures by Achim Menges and Steffen Reichert

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Achim Menges in collaboration with Steffen Reichert produced the installation entitled HygroScope – Meteorosensitive Morphology at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2012. They have created models out of wood that are purposefully designed to interact with moisture found in the air. After years of research they have developed the system called HygroScope. This climate-responsive composite material is comprised of maple veneer and synthetic composites. It responds to humidity in a such a way that the material appears to be “breathing”. The models are displayed in glass cases that can be programed to control the amount of humidity in the air, the composite materials then respond to these environments creating completely unique visual experiences. Please view the video below!






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