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Facade - Furniture - Opening


Exploring possibilities and alternative uses of a facade we explore its affordances, this is an interesting term:

an affordance is a quality of an object, or an environment, which allows an individual to perform an action. For example, a knob affords twisting, and perhaps pushing, while a cord affords pulling.

By integrating capacities usually associated with other elements we are extending the affordances of an object i.e. "facade".

Affordances and Design In the world of design, the term "affordance" has taken on a life far beyond the original meaning. It might help if we return to the original definition.

The word "affordance" was originally invented by the perceptual psychologist J. J. Gibson (1977, 1979) to refer to the actionable properties between the world and an actor (a person or animal). To Gibson, affordances are a relationship. They are a part of nature: they do not have to be visible, known, or desirable. Some affordances are yet to be discovered.(

Concept - Facade + Furniture transformation

The critical factors which distinguishes a facade from any other building element are the exterior ELEMENTS. How can these exterior elements be explored to and taken as the main parameters to create our hyper cell? In what way can the facade be part of a functional furniture system? Shall it function as an internal piece of furniture, external... or both ?

Our main research in this workshop was on how a solid cell can be moved and rotated to create an expandable and open-able facade when combined with other cells. This playful way of opening and closing the facade triggered the memory of a childhood game called peekaboo. The playful act of hiding and showing one's presence to a third party.



The Facade element consists of a series of square box elements attached to each other by means of a 90degree hinge. By means of rotation and translation transformations, the facade system is able to expand by 41% of the original, while also creating opening for lighting and ventilation. Furthermore these rotations could be exploited to create an adaptable furniture system in the interior spaces. The change in orientation could offer a multitude of furniture functions such as shelving, lounge seating and dining/working table.

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