In the seminar „Sondergebiete des Materials“ of the master’s program in architecture concepts for opening devices were developed, which function as sun shading devices as well as a temporary thermal insulation. In doing so especially modern multi-layer spacer fabrics were observed, which are kept to a defined distance by spacer yarns.
Because of their special geometry spacer fabrics have a potential for new opening mechanisms. On the other hand their volume offer the possibility to define cavities between the surface-layers, options for insulation or filling with insulation material. Elements, which show partially openable segments, gradually adjustable transparency or generally new opening mechanisms, were developed and presented in the scale 1:1.
The seminar work was developed in cooperation with the research project ReFaTex.