The Climate-Responsive Kinetic Facade of SDU Kolding Campus Building

A large percentage of the energy consumed by manmade buildings. With the developing technology, architects and engineers design new facade systems to control the sunlight, heat comfort and energy use. Today, use of kinetic systems in facade design is increasing with the search for more energy efficient building. These kind of dynamic systems helps the architects to provide sun control, natural ventilation, daylighting, connection to outdoors, heat control, moisture control and more.

Here is a great example for those kinetic systems: the facade of SDU Campus building in Kolding, Denmark, designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The building is also the first to meet the tight energy targets of Denmark’s 2015 building codes, which was choosen The Best Sustainable Development of the Year 2015 in LEAF Awards.

eco-kinetic facade systems

The building, a new landmark in Kolding, is located in the centre of the city close to the harbor, station and scenic attraction of the river. Louis Becker, design director at Henning Larsen said that “We wanted to leave room for outdoor public space, and to take advantage of the nearby Kolding River.”

The triangular shaped elements of the facade’s perforated metal sunshade, which includes 1,600 panels in total, is a reference to the form of the building. There are some sensors which allows these metal sunshades make motions like close, open and semi-open. Notwithstanding when completely shut, a controlled measure of common light can radiate through a custom example of round gaps, some of which are connected to make one-celled critter (amoeba) like openings.

moveable facade systems for indoor and outdoor comfort

This building’s eco-kinetic facade design is an inspiring innovative adaptive surface, made out of moving panels and allowing the user to control levels of day lighting, sun exposure, ventilation and visual privacy. That movable building systems give answers for some an opportunity to pass on the activated and responsive responses to passive building systems. Applying such an innovation to a structure’s façade and coordinate it with wise highlights will build up a versatile framework that will transmit a more elevated amount of execution while diminishing the negative effect of the natural conditions and the utilization of assets.

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