I have been exploring exciting structures that will move and change under wet conditions. Work at Newcastle University with engineer Ben Bridgens and researcher Artem Holstov, demonstrates the amazing potential of this technique which involves the bonding of thin layers of wood veneer to fibre glass. On the roof area of the University these structures have been explosed to the north east weather and the results recorded over time.
Various shaped panels fixed to a framework are seen to curl and open when damp, then close again as they dry out. The University is testing the longevity of such structures, so that they may assess the potential for future architectural application.
Working with Newcastle architects JDDK, the potential of responsive panels like these for use in the roof of an external canopy, is currently under research.