Great Examples of Interactive Architecture for Your Inspiration

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While you need a lot of creativity to create a website or an advertising campaign, design can also be combined with something else: architecture. If you thought following a grid system is difficult, imagine interactive architects prototyping large buildings or interior designs in order for them to interact with people. It is definitely not an easy task.

What is Interactive Architecture?

Interactive architecture is a field of architecture and construction featuring objects which change according to how the user interacts with them. The environmental demands of interactive elements are individuals moving or touching them. Some people call it Responsive Architecture, but the term isn’t what’s important. “Intelligent buildings” appeared during the late 90s, when one of the pioneers of this industry, Michael Mozer, coined the term.

Today we will take a look at some fantastic buildings around the world built with user interaction in mind.

Electroland – Enteractive

As you will see in the images below, the project integrates many fields of interactive LED tiles which are placed into the ground. When people walk on them, they automatically start working and create a fantastic red-light ambiance.

And if you thought this is all, well, you are in for a surprise. Just look at that massive display of lights on the outside of the building which mirrors the patterns of the interactive tiles inside. There is also a built-in video display to show how the building looks from the outside.

Images by Open Buildings.

Kinetic Façade Brisbane Domestic Terminal Car Park

The project was established together with Ned Kahn, an American artist and with other companies such as Hassell Architecture from Sydney and Urban Art Projects. The Brisbane Airport Corporation was also involved in the development of this great interactive building.

It may not look impressive from the inside compared to the first example, but it is definitely a masterpiece from the outside. The entire eastern side of the building will ripple fluidly with the wind, which activates 250.000 suspended aluminum panels. With the wind in Brisbane changing frequently, the patterns will respond quite fast and the façade will be a direct interface between the building and the natural environment. The most well-known natural feature of the city is the Brisbane River. The building is embellished with rippling lines from the river’s surface.

Images by Open Buildings.

Inside the building patterns of light and shadow will be projected on the walls, thanks to the sunlight which passes through the façade. Considering the fact that the whole façade interacts with the wind outside, this creates a fantastic ambience for passengers in the building and for those in cars and elevators.

Kunsthaus Graz

This Austrian building simply looks fantastic. It would be enough for it to be called a great piece of architecture. The building was created back in 2003, when Graz was called the European Capital of Culture. The urban identity of Graz has its most important piece right here.

As you can see in the pictures above, one of the façades works as a giant instrument of communication placed right in the middle of the city. The synthesis between urban style, technology and the historic setting of the building is astonishing and the architects seem to have built a masterpiece.

Images by Open Buildings.

Kunsthaus Graz actually hosts a number of museums and meets up-to-date requirements for any kind of cultural setting. One of the building’s most impressive feature is the innovative and cost-effective air conditioning system. The lighting is modern, the security systems are unbreakable to ensure protection of different exhibitions and the underground parking offers space for almost 150 cars at a time. Kunsthaus Graz is hosts all kinds of exhibitions, from contemporary art to photography and new media.

This is not only another beautiful building, but also an astonishing milestone and point of interest for the big city of Singapore. It is a complete entertainment district with theaters, clubs, bars and public space stacked up into a cube-shaped building of 80m x 80m x 80m. Different levels of the building are linked through “tornadoes”, vertical circulation voids aiding people’s movement through the huge construction. And if they weren’t already doing enough, the “tornadoes” also burst out onto the rooftop if you wish to – and there is a lot to see up there as well.

Images by Open Buildings.

What attracts peoples’ eyes is one of the façades, where the interactivity achieves its peak. People can send messages, graphics or images to be projected onto the building. Imagine asking someone to marry you this way. Quite fancy, ain’t it? There are no less than 3,000 modules of deep-drawn polycarbonate covering each of the façades.

Connection

If you thought the Canadians don’t have something to show off, you are wrong. They created this bridge that acts as a pedestrian walkway to Maple Leaf Square in Toronto.

The bridge is illuminated in three different colors based of human movement geometry. This transforms a rigid bridge into a fluid entity which attracts many visitors.

Images by Open Buildings.

Constellation

I assume you always wanted your own constellation when you were younger, right? If you visit London, you will maybe have the chance to own one; not in the real sky, but thanks to 600 mirrored LED tubes hanging above the indoor market space at Covent Garden.

The three-dimensional arrangement of the tubes allows people at certain times to create their own formations within Constellation.

Images by Open Buildings.

Blur Building

I kept one of my favorites for the last showcase piece. This was built on Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland and works as perfect as the world renowned Swiss watch.

It measures 300 feet wide, 75 feet high and goes 200 feet deep into the water. Although hard to believe at a first sight, the primary building material is water pumped from the lake. It is then filtered and shot as a fine mist through high-pressure mist nozzles.

Thanks to the integrated climatic condition reader, which reads temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, the pressure is calculated by a computer which then sends the information up to the valves.

Images by Open Buildings.

Although the blown water doesn’t give shape to anything specific, the building is still impressive and allows people’s imagination to flow. And it looks great.

Conclusion

This was a list of some places in the world where interaction between technology and nature or architecture and technology is the key element for creating fantastic experiences for people. Which one do you like the most and why? Have you visited any of these buildings? Do you have knowledge of another place like this worth mentioning?

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One Comment
  • Mr Mishka

    Friday, July 13th, 2012 06:40

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    Very cool stuff…hopefully more of these ideas will be implemented into our day-to-day lives…cheers for the future! =D

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  • Mr Mishka

    Friday, July 13th, 2012 06:40

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    Very cool stuff…hopefully more of these ideas will be implemented into our day-to-day lives…cheers for the future! =D

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