The Fluid System

What this project aims to create is an architectural system. A system which allows the inhabitant to create and control the architecture rather than be a mere observer of an already built environment.

The system abides by three rules:

  1. There is no final form, no end goal, the form is temporal, it is a product of the inhabitants movement through space.
  2. The only rest state of the building is when there are no inhabitants, one where there is no one to affect the form. When no one is present the building subsides into the terrain.
  3. Where multiple individuals interact, the effect is multiplied, creating a greater temporary inhabitable volume.

The material is a huge part in creating a system like this. The material must be able to rigid enough to hold a form while at the same time being fluid enough to be adaptable and malleable. The solution to this lies in a scope of fluids which do not perform like normal fluids, fluids which exhibit non newtonian behaviour. These fluids have the ability to change from a liquid to a pseudo-solid state upon an array of interactions.

The mechanism which turns the skin from solid to liquid relies on an increase in magnetic field activity. Inhabitants of this system (in order to interact with the space) must wear a device which generates a magnetic field around them. When the liquid is in close enough proximity to this field, it abides to the direction of the magnetic field lines, creating an enclosure which moves with the subject, and where multiple fields interact, ie. numerous inhabitants in close proximity, the greater the resultant space.

The magnetic field will be generated by users of the building, each wearing a suit as shown in the animation below (work in progress), this device will be able to generate a magnetic field of variable strength, great enough to temporarily solidify the encompassing area.

The space however will only hold for a limited amount of time, as an inhabitant moves around in space, the ferrofluid they have interacted with holds some residual magnetism, and this residual magnetism, coupled with the low magnetic permeability of ferrofluid means that it can retain its shape for brief periods of time.

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