In this post you are going to see something that I like to call “Architecture in Motion”. Created by architect Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH this amazing project is called “Dynamic Facade” better known as the Kiefer Technic Showroom in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria. In earlier times, facades were characterized by window arrangements and axes. They often featured surface relief with architectural elements from the relevant period or style. The structure of the facade also determined the ground plan; the greater the number of window axes in a room, the more important the function of the user. With the introduction of window strips, these hierarchies were abandoned. Today it is possible that the complete exterior facade is transparent, and this very transparency indicates a modern character. At the same time, individual requirements escalate and need to be reconciled with the desire for comfort.

For this reason the architects have been working for some time with dynamic facades that can be adapted individually to changing conditions and needs. Of course they can also be controlled by optimizing programs if users are not present in the rooms behind. Thus it is possible to realize these new transparent facades and yet still maintain a cosy atmosphere in the rooms. This facade changes continuously; each day, each hour shows a new “face” – the facade is turning into a dynamic sculpture.

Finally if these pictures got your attention then the video with this facade in action will blow your mind, just press play if you don’t believe me … is pretty amazing.