Shutters

Marcelo Coelho, Steve Helsing, Elena Jessop & Analisa Russo

Shutters is a kinetic e-textile membrane for environmental control and communication within an architectural context. It consists of a curtain composed of actuated louvers that can be individually addressed for precise control of ventilation, daylight incidence and information display.

The mechanism for Shutters is based on the electronically actuation of an array of shapememory alloy strands, which can be individually addressed to move the louvers inwards and outwards, regulating shading, ventilation, and displaying images and animations.

By combining smart materials, textiles and computation, Shutters creates living environments and work spaces that are more energy efficient, while being aesthetically pleasing and considerate of its inhabitants’ activities.