Responsive architecture: The future of building design
An increasing amount of automation is common in modern building design – a simple example of this is the use of smart electricity meters in homes and other premises, to adjust power usage in response to the time of day or demand on the energy grid.
Responsive architecture takes this kind of automation a step further, allowing buildings to automatically reconfigure – even change their shape – as the surrounding environmental conditions change.
The reasons for this can vary, from environmental responses, to those driven by societal needs. Ironically, in some cases change is necessary in order to keep the building’s interior as constant as possible, for example when the interior temperature must be very steady.
How does responsive architecture work?
Responsive architecture can use any kind of technology to adapt the building in response to an environmental or other external stimulus.
One example might use motors to automatically open the windows when an increase in interior temperature is detected, or to automatically reposition solar panels in response to the changing position of the sun throughout the day.
In general, the aim is efficiency. Better, more natural lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation; better generation of renewable energy; better use of other resources across a building or an entire estate.
Where do furniture, fixtures and fittings fit in?
The fitout of responsive architecture can have a direct impact on occupier comfort and on the operability of the architecture itself.
Office furniture has evolved substantially even in recent history, with much greater use of standing desks and reconfigurable workstations, to allow employees to adopt a position they find most comfortable and avoid repetitive working conditions.
The Internet of Things has seen many more devices become network-enabled, allowing entire buildings’ lighting and heating to be automated and/or adjusted remotely, as well as responding immediately to sensors like motion detectors and thermostats.
Some of these technologies are familiar, while others are relatively new, but again they all combine with a common goal: to improve efficiency, conserve resources and enhance comfort.
Find out more about responsive architecture
If you would like to incorporate responsive architecture into the fit-out of your offices or other commercial building, hebs Group can help.
Contact us today on 0151 2360707 to ask about intelligent building controls, smart sensors and remotely adjustable devices including HVAC systems.
We can guide you through the entire process, working out exactly what to install – from sensors and systems, through to controls and networking equipment – to give you truly 21st century premises that run efficiently and offer maximum comfort at all times.