This project is an initial exploration into kinetic constructs and represents a component of the final semester project: a kinetic roof system that responds to environmental parameters and user input surrounding desired interior lighting levels and ventilation in a future row house. This scissor structure system will expand and contract to either provide shading or allow natural light penetration. It will be used to create a module that will comprise a larger roof grid, allowing for variation in light levels throughout the space. The limited program area in a row house necessitates dynamic, multi-use spaces to maximize minimal available square footage. With a roof system such as this, spaces within the home have the potential to change with the needs of the users.
The model is the first exploration into how the mechanism may work and the components necessary to construct it. It demonstrates how to successfully construct a series of complex interrelated components to begin to create an effective and efficient system.