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Excerpt from press release:
Skinform, a project by 15 UTS Master of Architecture students, is a full scale prototype which controls and understands the needs of its visitors and the need to adapt to them, similar to the way Japanese sliding doors can divide one open space into private spaces.

The Skinform experiment uses a series of 15 modular air filled arches that, with a combination of multi layered expandable skin and computerised mechanical systems, creates a full-scale immersible space that can expand and contract in a fluid motion. Due to its modular system, Skinform can easily be reconfigurable to suit any location.


““Skinform is based on how interactive technologies will be integrated into architecture. Instead of direct interaction, Skinform is an invisible system that adapts to the individual for a pre defined purpose – for instance maintaining comfort and adapting privacy within a public space,” said Erik Escalante leader of concept team, and 4th year Master of architecture Student.

“In a larger sense, the underlying research of Skinform is primarily aimed to be used in future building systems – the non static building that autonomously transforms private enclosed spaces to public open spaces, depending on specific socio-cultural situations. Secondly, this research allows the system to be integrated within it to counteract other environmental issues such as glare, UV, wind, noise and humidity,” He said.

Status | Completed May 2007

Context | Computational Environments Studio, UTS M.Arch

Instructors | Joanne Jakovich, Jason McDermott

Media | Parachute fabric, 30 servos, 4 transformers, one computer, LED lights, Industrial fans, Digital Prints, 3d Print Models + more

Team besides Erik Escalante :
Erik Bjelland, James Li, Sarah Breen, Philip Lim, Adam Carabott, Jessica Lucero, Franz Cruz, Channa Senanayake, Robert Slavicek, Jin Yi Xu, Cathy Lau, Harry Suryanto, Perry Ka Hung and Ciara Tapia