Penumbra Installation

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale, AZ

About .......................................................................................

Flip-a-Strip roof prototype exhibition
Completion: 2008

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  • PENUMBRA INSTALLATION - ROOF MOCK UP WITH OPERABLE LOUVERS
  • PENUMBRA INSTALLATION - ROOF MOCK UP WITH INTERACTIVE CONTROL
  • PENUMBRA INSTALLATION - ELECTROLUMINESCENT TAPE AND FABRIC PANELS
  • penumbra_sketch_01

Credits   ..............................................................................................................

  • Project Team
  • Hansy Better Barraza
  • Anthony J. Piermarini
  • James Henry
  • Jamie Pelletier
  • Jesen Tanadi
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Christopher Bull

Overview   ..............................................................................................................

As finalists of the Flip-a-Strip competition we were asked to develop and build a piece of the sustainable roof system as proposed in our design entry As a research and development project, we used the opportunity to create a basic flexible roof armature, based on diamond or lamella patterns. The basic structural members are made from 100% recycled HD plastic milk bottles, cut into strips, thermo-formed and bolted in a self-similar repeating pattern. This system allowed for the input of various technologies and shade creating devices.

The roof system is intended to be light weight and adaptable to various sites. The fabric panels of the roof are fitted with flexible photovoltaic panels, although less efficient than rigid panels, they would be able to generate electrical power for the building, be stored in batteries, or sold back to the electric company to feed the overall grid. This particular rendition features opaque and translucent shading scrims, operable vents, sunshades, electro-luminescent plastic tape and a newly developed electro-luminescent fabric which creates a flexible light source.