HygroScope - Centre Pompidou Paris
Architects Steffen Reichert, Achim Menges, and Boyan Mihaylov think there’s a more intelligent way to cool our buildings. “Nature suggests a fundamentally different, no-tech strategy,” explains Reichert. “In many biological systems the responsive capacity is quite literally ingrained in the material itself.”
The concept uses the natural properties of wood to expand and contract based on the levels of humidity. HygroScope is half test case and half art installation—it’s a beautiful morphological way to demonstrate a technology that could change how we build and ventilate buildings.