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The structure is based on a hexagonal principle and is placed on the coast of Antarctica.The extreme low temperatures in Antarctica and the moisture in the air near the coast creates a rare phenomenon called ice fog, where ice crystals is created from the water in the air. This fog will then instantly freeze every surface it touches. The structure has three membranes that are interconnected and expands in relation to the temperature differences between inside and outside, giving a constantly changing structure.


Structural relation between membranes. Frontview



A section of three membranes, showing the structural principle and the diversity between movable and static parts. Frontview


Diagram of moveable parts

Model showing how the moveable parts react when the temperature changes


Diagramof mechanical system

Air Sensor



This component senses the humidity and temperature in the air. It can also calculate dewpoint and other data.

Gets input from the sensor creating an algoritm for the actor

An actor that creates a rotation in the joints.

Joints moveable in 3 dimensions



Glass effected by frost


Mesh effected by frost

Perforated surface

Can either be opaque or transparent depending on the light

When effected by frost the otherwise transparent material becomes translucent

Can either seem solid or transparent depending on the angle which the material is seen

When effected by frost ice begins to appear in the caps between the metal.

The effect when frozen is not as distinct as the other material, but the holes create an interesting play with light

Materials when placed on a hexagonal pattern

The image shows how the material could be placed very organic. When placed on the actual shape this will create an unpredictable experience.

Collage seen from inside out

Collage seen from outside in

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