A team of students and faculty from the School of Architecture + Design has again exhibited design research at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Virginia Tech exhibit, entitled “Innovative Building Skins, Industrialized Processes, and Architecture,” presents experimental building components that enhance the performance and quality of an architectural space. The exhibit explores unique connections to the outdoors though the concept of an urban garden. The Center for Design Research in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech is presently working with SOM Chicago to develop an industrialized housing protocol in which the urban garden is a central architectural and performance feature.
These experiments are the next generation of the Eclipsis System designed as part of the LumenHAUS, which won the international Solar Decathlon Europe Competition in Madrid, Spain in June, 2010. The Eclipsis System is comprised of two sliding panels: a perforated stainless steel shutter shade and a translucent insulating composite wall. It is a transformable fenestration system that qualifies and quantifies conditions of open and closed.
Architecture and Interior Design students working on the project are Joshua Batman, Thomas Bett, Paolo Callegari, Michelle Choe, Sidney Gardner, Quinn Giroux, Kelly McFadden, Kelsey Oesmann, Connor Phiel, Andrew Puhl, Alejandra Rosado, Milton Salcedo, Daniel Senning, Lindsay Slough, Sarah Stacy, Taylor Sticklin, Connor Toth, Matthew Vibberts, and Laura Weirick. Faculty leaders are Joseph Wheeler, AIA, Chip Clark, Tim Frank, Matthew Wagner, and Robert Dunay, FAIA.
Wired Magazine featured the Virginia Tech exhibit in its report on the ICFF.