HOBERMAN - Transformable design
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hoberman created a dynamic installation for Harvard Graduate School of Design based on Adaptive Building Initiative's shading technology, Adaptive Fritting™. As with standard fritted glass, this technology utilizes a graphic pattern in order to control heat gain and modulate light, while allowing sufficient transparency for viewing.

Adaptive Fritting™ builds on the practice of standard fritting with the addition of real-time dynamic motion via motorized control. While conventional fritting relies on a fixed pattern, Adaptive Fritting™ can control its transparency and modulate between opaque and transparent states. This performance is achieved by shifting a series of fritted glass layers so that the graphic pattern alternately aligns and diverges.

The installation at Gund Hall consists of six motorized panels comprising a 24-foot by 4-foot window, housed within a curved wall. These panels are programmed to form a dynamic field where light transmission, views, and enclosure continuously adapt and change. As the panels transform, the visual effect is of sparse dots blossoming into an opaque surface.

Winner of the Wyss Prize for Bioinspired Adaptive Architecture, the installation was commissioned for a joint exhibition and conference titled Ecological Urbanism: Alternative and Sustainable Cities of the Future.

A modified installation of Adaptive Fritting™ was included in the January-February 2010 exhibition Living Form, The Transformable Work of Chuck Hoberman held in the POLA Museum Annex, Tokyo, Japan.
Learn more about the exhibition.

Adaptive Fritting (GSD) was deliverd through Hoberman's joint venture with Buro Happold, Adaptive Building Initiative.