Adaptive Pneus explores adaptable inflatable structures comprised of two components: membrane (fabric, plastic, ETFE or fibre composite) and air. Due to the system using such light weight materials such as air and a membrane material it enables it to be one of the lightest structures available.
In contrast to most pneumatic structures, the system we have designed is able to vary in porosity, giving it the ability to control levels of air and light penetration into the building. Temperature and pressure fluctuation, as the trigger of adaptation, enables the system to passively modulate the environmental conditions.
The system is an aggregation of simple and similar parts that we call components. Responses take place locally and independently in these components. Detection and reaction are embedded in each component. Interaction of responses at the regional and global scales allows for the distribution of intelligence across the whole system.
The system’s organic geometrical features lend it both a unique aesthetic appeal and high environmental performance, making it suitable for diverse applications. The structure is inherently light weight, responsive, easily deployable and portable. Because of these strengths it is particularly suitable for the following purposes:
1- Temporary and fast deployable enclosures and installations. In the deflated state, the system can be conveniently transported to different locations for various purposes due to its compact storage size and light weight. Via its organic formal configuration, the system can cover a diverse range of spaces for ceremonies and festivals to provide a controlled environmental condition.
2- Permanent medium to large span public spaces, such as schools, museum courtyards, train stations, airports, stadiums and tennis courts. Users will benefit from more versatile public spaces which introduce a higher degree of comfort through a novel formal language.
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