May 2016 – TBD
Funded by: Technology Foundation STW
DOUBLE FACE 2.0 is a project funded within the Research Through Design program of Technology Foundation STW.
Few architectural works take aesthetic advantage from technical aspects; they are often seen as constraints limiting creativity rather than inspiring principles that become part of the design identity. This research will focus on a specific demonstrator: a novel type of Trombe wall system. It consists of a new system that passively improves thermal comfort using new lightweight and translucent materials for latent heat storage. Advanced materials like PCM and aerogel are used in combination with novel rapid prototyping techniques (like stereolithography) and advanced computational means (like evolutionary algorithms) next to design intuition. We aim for the design of this novel Trombe wall system to have high technical performance but also to show that its engineering performances are an integral part of the design identity of the product.