RHEOTILE NANO MICRO MACRO: MATERIAL LABORATORY
DATE: Spring 2015
SCHOOL: Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Wyss Institute; Cambridge, Massachusetts
TEAM: Myrna Ayoub, Aziz Barbar and Akshay Goyal
PROFESSOR: Martin Bechthold and James Weaver
PROJECT LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
PROGRAM: dynamic building system panel
Developed in collaboration with the Wyss Institute at Harvard for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Rheotile is a dynamic building system panel that enables homeostasis through the use of water responsive modulars for climatic response. The component has a condensation screen head made by bohometized aluminum [hydrophobic] with custom designed bumps and water flow channels [hydrophilic]. The water generated is used to actuate a multi-material 3D printed fin where the actuation mechanism is based on triggering swell-able hinges with the water generated. The module can be repeated to create a façade screen used in a Mediterranean climate to manage light, air flow, cooling, and dehumidification. The product is an easy modular system with no mechanized parts and a quick assembly that is both scalable and low maintenance.