A self-actuated ceiling surface based on dielectric elastomer minimum energy structures, march 2011

Reef is the design of a self-actuated ceiling questioning how adaptive minimum energy structures can contribute re-establishing home in a synergic relationship with nature. Composed by an archipelago of electro-active modules, Reef constantly re-designs its own landscape as its modules change shape according to the exterior. Like a sail, they open and close gradually following the pulse of the wind, materializing the invisible flow of energy that connects the inside with the outside. Like corals, Reef is calcifying over time as the supporting technology is becoming obsolete, transferring its actuation back to the inhabitant as natural airflow is invited to come in.


Would you like to find out more about Reef, discover the publications around the project (1) Materializing a responsive interior, a paper detailing the process behind the project  (2) Shaping reality with electro-active polymers a feature in the Danish Technical University Annual Report 2010 (3) Reef is discussed in The Role of Material Evidence in Architectural Research, Drawing, Models, Experiments by Anne Beim and Mette  Ramsgaard Thomsen, 2011


Design & realisation Aurélie Mossé

In collaboration with Guggi Kofod & David Gauthier

Photography Mathilde Fuzeau

With the generous  support of CITA & the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen and Metone for wind sensor sponsorship

With the precious help of Kristine Agergaard Jensen, Anca Gabriela Bejenariu, Lucie Benech, Aude Béranger, Liv Elbirk, Vibber Hermansen, Bori Kovacs, Jessica Meek, Paul Nicholas, Matteo Oliverio, Brady Peters, Jacob Riiber, Martin Tamke.

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