Furl: Soft Pneumatic Pavillion

Through combination of soft and hard architectural elements, “Furl” creates a new platform for a kinetic responsive architecture which can let space interact with users needs and adapt itself to environmental conditions.

“Furl” combines Electroencephalography (EEG) with advances in soft silicone casting of “air muscles”. The introduction of soft robotics replaces the mechanical principles in interactive architecture through a biological paradigm.

The soft responsive components forming Furl are "air muscles". Made of two layers of silicone with different degrees of elasticity and with air channels cast within them. This difference in mechanical properties and the arrangement of the air channels makes the muscle transform in different ways. 

Principle Researchers: Bijing Zhang & Francois Mangion

Supervisors: Ruairi Glynn and Dr Christopher Leung with William Bondin

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And an interview with the creators: WeMakeMoneyNotArt