German architects Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger present the shape-shifting prototype “Kinetic wall” created for the International Architecture Biennale 2014 in Venice. The wall’s surface rhythmically expands and contracts so it looks like breathing in and out aiming to “revisit the Utopian dream of an architecture that can move” said the architects.

Courtesy of Johannes Foerster frontclose.

Courtesy of Johannes Foerster frontclose.

The surface is activated by a pattern of motorized nodes behind the translucent synthetic fabric; the architects describe it as “Peaks and Valleys.”  This element focus on architectural components such as elevators which “have never really been incorporated into either the ideology or the theory of architecture,” says curator Rem Koolhaas.

 

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