This project deals with new construction materials. The visionary and novel idea consists of developing a building skin that offers construction without joints and assembly and is also able to accommodate different functionalities such as load bearing capacity, natural ventilation through osmosis, thermal and noise insulation and changing light penetration wherever and whenever requested. What might sound like a miracle shall be achieved by a hierarchical combination of carbon nanotubes, polymers and traditional building materials such as steel, wood and glass.
Although the invention is still at the level of computer simulations, lab tests and prototyping at small scales, the jury is convinced that this fantastic vision possesses a realistic potential to design, fabricate, construct and maintain a material architecture which is speciﬁcally assigned to accommodate particular structural, functional and environmental conditions.See more
The winners of the second North American Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction projects were announced at a ceremony in Montreal. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to nine projects from Canada and the United States that showcase the latest approaches to address critical topics including housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency.Read more » pour en savoir plus : Les meilleurs projets de construction durable à l’honneur (French) »
Microstructure research for building skins seeks to develop a sustainable skin which offers construction without joints, as well as load-bearing, ventilation, thermal and noise insulation, and changing light penetration capacities. Both high-tech and traditional building materials are involved in this interdisciplinary project combining design, materials science and engineering.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.73 MB) »