Komorebi 木漏れ日 in Japanese means 'light leaking through trees'. This proposal for a small art school was part of a Tokyo University design studio focused on 'performative strategies'. The scheme was based on the idea of an adaptive pattern: an artificial forest of shading elements controlled by memory-shape-alloy (Nitinol) springs. The pattern reacts to temperature fluctuations, and rotates, to allow different amounts of sunlight to penetrate. This study jump-started a parallel research on computational variations of Truchet Patterns.
The University of Tokyo / Kuma-Suemitsu Design Studio