Student Designs Architectural Material that Reacts to Rain

A water-reacting architectural surface, a laminate made from fabric, film and veneer, has been engineered by a student designer in London. During a walk on a rainy day Chao Chen noticed that pinecones close their outer shells when wet. He took this concept to create a building material that would react to the weather. When the veneer takes in water the fibers expand perpendicular to the grain, elongating and curving the materials just like the shell of a pine cone. With this materials Chen is developing a water-reacting shelter for parks or public spaces, that stay open on sunny days and form total shelter when it reacts to rain.  Check out a video of the materials here.

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