iWindow – Buckylab

Buckylab is a five month project which introduces students to the Building Technology mastertrack. It consists of digital manufacturing course, material science, FEM basics and a hands-on prototyping course which holds a close relation with the facade industry. All courses come together in a 1 to 1 prototype.

Puttakhun Vongsingha developed the concept of the iWindow, a spherical window as an enclosed space in the facade. The window is able to rotate in two directions resembling the eye of a chameleon. After the concept presentation Puttakhun and I teamed up for the rest of the courses.

The iWindow offers a quiet space to sit in

The iWindow offers a quiet space to sit in (Image by Puttakhun)

The final 1:2 model

The final 1:2 model

Building the framework for the window

Building the framework for the window

The PU bodywork on a paper marche base

The PU bodywork on a paper marche base

The PU was made smooth by sanding

The PU was made smooth by sanding

A stiff layer of tileglue was applied

A stiff layer of tileglue was applied

After sanding the tileglue, two layers of white lacquer where applied

After sanding the tileglue, two layers of white lacquer where applied

Detail of the rotation system

Detail of the rotation system

The final product was a 1:2 prototype

The final product was a 1:2 prototype

The model was displayed at the Gevel fair in Rotterdam

The model was displayed at the Gevel fair in Rotterdam

Facade proposal for the Library in Utrecht

Facade proposal for the Library in Utrecht

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