Vapor as Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimate in Architectural Space

  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Honghao Deng, Jiabao Li, Panagiotis Michalatos, and Xuesong Zhang, Vapor as Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimate in Architectural Space

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  • Vapor as Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimate in Architectural Space

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  • An essential function of architecture is controlling the environment that surrounds us. In practice, interior climates are discretized into self-contained, functional units. For example, wetness is kept in designated wet spaces, and dryness to dry spaces. Contrary to nature’s changing weather patterns, architecture is often static and binary, with no diffusion in between. As a result, many weather conditions that exist in nature are not experienced inside architectural spaces. This project uses vapor as a medium to bring microclimates that exist outside into an architectural space. The unique characteristics of vapor as tectonic elements allow users to modulate visibility, create cooling gradients, and produce spatial patterns in a controlled manner. The three main elements are: point– vapor vertex ring, line – vapor tornado, and plane – vapor wall. The focused and diffused conditions of vapor enable both localized
    and global states to transpire through soft boundaries.

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