Windhover is a Kinetic Architecture project in collaboration with Alex Zara, Julia May and Alisha Camden. The goal was to propose architectural elements in a built that transforms and moves.
Arduino (C++) Coding
1 UX Designer
1 Industrial Designer
2 MArc Students
Our design intent is to create a magical and meditative sequence of kinetic events within the building. First, a series of sculptural stepping stones which elegantly transform into a bridge, and second, a doorway with perforated panels open up, revealing a private mediation pavilion. Functionally, the bridge is used to reach the meditation area, which is located in the centre of the reflection pool. This creates an experience of delight as users walk across the water to reach the pavilion. Both the bridge and its successor, the panel door, aesthetically and kinetically relate. The bridge is operated via motion sensors and the panel door is hand operated.
What is Kinetic Architecture?
It is a concept which buildings are designed to have some parts of the structure move. This enhances not only a building’s design aesthetically but it also helps to generate solutions for problems where a static nature of a structure wouldn’t be viable.
We decided to use an existing building to build a kinetic architecture component onto. We chose Windhover Contemplation Centre located in Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. We modified the site plan to design two kinetic architecture pieces that was appropriate for the purposes of mediation.
Design Criteria: Bridge
Creating a magical and meditative experience of sculptural elements transforming into stepping stones. The bridge is one of a two part kinetic experience. Therefore, the bridge and the panel door must aesthetically and kinetically relate. The bridge is used to reach the pavilion in the centre of the reflection pool. When it is not in use, it is a sculptural element that compliments the rest of the architecture.
Design Criteria: Panel Door
Designing a wall that transforms into a doorway, opening up to a private mediation pavilion. To create a visually interesting and unique experience that prepares the users for meditation. How the doorway opens up should both aesthetically and kinetically relate to its predecessor, the bridge. It should also give the sensation of a meditation starting to happen inside the built.
Renderings of the stills and the demo reel were created in Modo. Edited in Photoshop and Adobe Premier.