Kinetic Skin, FabFest 2017

Kinetic Skin 

Our pavilion proposal for the Fabefest 2017 is hosting a sleeping/relaxation capsule that could potentially be placed in the city, responding to this year’s ‘pop-up city’ theme. The tradition of living capsules is very well known from Japan. Starting from the Nakagin Capsule Tower an example of Japanese Metabolism by Architect Kisho Kurokawa built in 1972, to various more examples of capsules hotels, the concept connects with the country’s culture about living temporarily and the relation to sleep. It emerges as a pixelated unit which can transform its interior space according to the user’s needs. At the same time, the pixels can transform a foldable surface/skin which embraces the capsule like a blanket, offering shelter to other users. The short fabrication and assembly time (5 days) and the restrictions on materiality (cardboard) and its predefined amount added an additional challenge to the design process.

Mentors:  Yota Adilenidou, University of Westminster, Asterios Agkathidis, University of Liverpool

Students, MA in Architecture University of Liverpool: Yuhan Feng, Xiaoyu Li, Gu Qi, Yiyang Sang, Ruiting Wang, Yuzhuo Wang, Kaiwen Xu

Students BAIA, University of Westminster: Seda Eldek, Anne-Mari Maibach, Gabrielle Sarmiento, Celine Singh




About a3lab

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece. Asterios Agkathidis studied architecture in Thessaloniki and the RWTH Aachen, completing his postgraduate studies in Advanced Architectural Design at the Staedelschule, Frankfurt in 2001. He became a partner in the architectural practice b&k+ in Cologne until 2004, then at VMX architects, Amsterdam until 2005. He later founded the architecture and research laboratory a3lab Frankfurt-Thessaloniki. His work has been published and exhibited widely. Teaching and lecturing experiences include AdBK Nuremberg, TU Darmstadt, University of Thessaloniki, the Islamic University Malaysia, the Columbia University and the Städelschule Architecture Class. He was visiting assistant professor in the Lebanese American University and Senior Lecturer at Raffles Design Institute Shanghai. Today he holds a lectureship for digital architecture at the University of Liverpool.
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