Progressive architecture as it is seen today focuses on environmentally responsive design through research into performative skins and passive energy conserving methods. The Bloom Installation at the Materials and Application Gallery in Los Angeles, California explores just that.

Arch2o-Bloom Installation - DOSU Studio Architecture (1)

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Its 4,000 temperature sensitive sheet metal panels, the installation acts more similarly to the human skin: dynamic, performative, and responsive. The thermobimetal surface respond directly to temperature: when the temperature rises, the sheet metal will curl up and vice versa. This continuous expanding and contracting creates a constantly changing kinetic sculpture that opens up opportunity and research into new dynamic materials that are afforded to people today.

Arch2o-Bloom Installation - DOSU Studio Architecture (1)

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The perforations on the surface act to filter light towards the bottom in order to illuminate the walking space underneath. Like the skin, the structure also is flexible in order to accommodate for a performative skin.

By Lyly Huyen

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