http://www. Kineturas Amazing Metamorphical Concept Tower Published on 03-03-2011 by If you were alive in the sixties and imagined what the 21st century looked like then you might have imagined jet cars and shape changing skyscrapers. We haven't yet got the flying car, but shape changing towers might soon be on the way if architecture firm Kinetura get their way. As the name perhaps suggests, the firm is dedicated to the kinetic, or things that are characterised by movement if you want the dictionary definition. Their futuristic concept to what they have dubbed the Kinetower throws away the traditional ideas of static design that dictate the exteriors of buildings, and makes something flexible enough to modify its form to suit the prevailing conditions and requirements placed on it by the users of a building. A building has long been a machine that people operate, but the mechanics are traditionally on the inside, with perhaps the most sophisticated only having touches like adjustable louvres and solar shading. The metamorphic concept is perhaps the natural conclusion of the zoomorphic movement. Here it means that form can follow function in ways that are not currently possible in static zoomorphic architecture. In other words the form can be changed automatically changed and become almost like a living thing so, for example, if the interior becomes too warm it can open its skin up to allow natural ventilation. The Kinetower concept features crossbracing that defines the standard perimeter wall of the building, with strips of vertical cladding in between. The metamorphosis comes about as the vertical cladding strips are in effect ribbons that can be loosened or tightened flexing out and opening the walls of the building up like some particularly sophisticated blinds. Alternatively, an entire section of the façade can be opened out rigidly like a garage door. At this stage, the idea is entirely conceptual, but regardless of this Kinetura has already come up with metamorphic lighting and is now working on this. Whether they ever get it working before the flying car takes off is another matter entirely Championing their concept of Metamorphism , design team Kinetura hope to reinvigorate modernist architecture and design with functional forms that respond organically to their environment

the prototype lamps alongside the Tower movie provoked an enthusiastic response from those that experienced the exhibition. filling the room with more lamp prototypes as well as screening a short movie of the Kinetower their concept for a building with an outer skin that flexes to allow in differing levels of light. That is why we cooperate closely with engineers and research and development departments. One such piece was New York. For the past five years. but Claerhout is clear he wants to avoid becoming an architect of impossible structures that remain in a purely conceptual form. functional. The Belgian light fixture manufacturer was impressed by the prototypes and took on the range for production. they were contacted by a curator of the Abitare il Tempo cultural exhibition and furniture fair in Verona. Kinetower. their objective has been to bring a renewed modernism back to architecture and design with the creation of modern forms strict.Architecture and design have undergone some dramatic changes since the modernism that dominated the 20th century. The husband and wife team were often encouraged by clients to fill the spaces they created with forms and furniture. pendants and standard lamps. But these were the last moments of optimism before the collapse of Lehman Brothers led to the world of construction getting collective cold feet. but with a metamorphic dimension . Taking up the offer of 250sqm of exhibition space. perhaps even fantastical. while beautiful. After exhibiting a prototype at SOFA art fair in New York in 2008. lamps and light. Metamorphism is the credo that informs all of Kinetura s works. Each inspired by a world city. The tower s design may seem ambitious. They realised that. the four styles result from Claerhout and van . they were able to enhance it in such a way that the spaces would adapt to suit the needs of its occupants. functional forms has in many cases been replaced by built spaces as complex as the societies that use them. It is not our goal to create utopic and futuristic images. What we want to achieve is innovative but real products and buildings. often doesn t in itself offer a practical solution to specific problems. As Claerhout recalls. they were able to expand on the Metamorphism theme. A term borrowed from geology. for them it encapsulates their concept of form and function that flexes and adapts with time. this elaborately formed architecture. The Kinetura project grew naturally from the couple s architectural practice. is rooted in reality. severe. however. For Xaveer Claerhout and Barbara van Biervliet. a skyscraper-like tower with flexible sides that slowly bend outwards to allow a light source inside to illuminate the room to the required level. he insists. The strict rationality that created those pure. the couple behind architecture/design firm Kinetura. The Kinetura Lighting series is made up of four designs comprising recessed lighting. Claerhout s background in art history with particularly focus on sculpture and van Biervliet s civil engineering and architectural education perhaps gave the pair a heightened interest in the meeting of the technical and aesthetic. These newest expressions of human achievement are in many ways testament to advancements in computer design technology and production possibilities. came after a meeting with representatives from TAL Lighting. One very positive outcome for the Kinetura team s trip to Verona. instead of dictating the final character of the buildings. This is quite possibly one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Intelligent programming simultaneously brighten the light source inside to heighten the impact as the piece opens up. light and human well being. For Kinetura there is a strong link between transformable physical presence. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Kinetower in the works somewhere soon. The applications for this design are http://www.archiexpo. The Shanghai.scribd. The result is a building that can open itself up to sunlight and wind. Change of light and form through flexibility has an innate and important impact on the mood and health of people. meaning a much more energy-sustainable structure. but in the way they adapt and change their structure in response to the occupants in a space. says Claerhout. The Tokyo and Santiago are recessed models with round and rectangular lids that slowly fold inwards allowing light to flow de citit . http://www.html http://www. The never-ending change of natural light is influenced by permanent transformation of the natural environment. has flexible strips that bend outwards. solar and wind energy can be utilized for a building that essentially powers itself. Rather than using man-made electricity.Biervliet s desire to create organic light sources not in the sense that they represent natural forms. The Kinetower uses a material that is rigid as high grade steel when ( kinetica in fashion) http://www. a new build for skyscrapers that utilizes sunlight to transform a building from a traditional straight-up structure to something of a flower.claerhout-vanbiervliet. but flexible when http://www.architectureexposed. Kinetura will be explaining their work further in Paris this January as one of 20 international designers invited to exhibit at the Meet My Project exhibition. like the New York. Operated by switch or sensor. The good people over at Yanko Design introduced the Kinetower. Ho http://t-future. all the fixtures adapt in a very fluid In this process the notion of flexibility is omnipresent. Seriously. and with a premium being placed on 'green'.

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