Architecture Powered By Humans: Liquid Space 6.0
Can you imagine a home that folds up when you leave and unfolds when you return? No doubt you have observed how devices with sensors work... like outside lights for example the turn on when someone is within a certain distance or water that only runs when you place your hands under the faucet. Well, think of this on a much larger scale, where thousands of electronic sensors respond to your physical presence, your movements, your voice, your emotions....
Daan Roosegaade of Studio Roosegaade in Rotterdam, has been growing his architectural designs in this direction since 2000. You can see that he's getting closer in the evolution of his projects. Liquid Space, now in version 6.0 and debuting at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), Japan, is the culmination of his work so far in integrating electronic technology and humanity into his architecture.
Though considerably smaller than a house, the 10 x 13 feet Liquid Space 6.0 is totally interactive. Technologically capable of producing sound, LED light, and movement, including growing and getting smaller, it is dependent on human behavior for its movements.
Roosegaade's recent design installment is the Sustainable Dance Floor at the Sustainable Dance Club in Rotterdamm, the first energy generating dance floor! The floor is composed of recycled PET and glass, beyond which is an array of software and electronic innovations that harvest human energy up to the tune of 20 megawatts of light.
Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to depend on anything but the right hardware, the most sophisticated software, and our own energy to power our homes, buildings, and cars? It looks like we're getting there!