Modular and amalgamated with the aim to create an organic, breathable wall, bio-mimicry was employed as the primary concept that informed the design. In order to achieve this, Trivoid focuses on and considers various climatic factors: that of Wind, Sun and Rain.
To accommodate Wind, intentional circulatory channels as well as a smoother curvature in form are integrated, in order to maximise the interior air velocity. Delicate tilt for sun-shading as well as in-built louvers help to reduce sun glare and ensure a well-shaded interior. Lastly, rainwater flow is accounted for by the sinuous curves in the form, which help to channel water while using the water to reduce the building's latent heat island effect.
In addition, structural elements and details are intentionally weaved into the modular facade, ensuring greater stability of the curtain wall while creating a seamless transition between wall and slab.
Year 3, Semester 1
AR2327 Building Information Modelling and Technology
3D Print Tropical Wall Facade
Tan Gee Ping
Trivoid's porous facade is governed by the idea of a comfortable interior environment for its users. The convex shape of the middle layer acts as both a shield for the building from excessive sunlight, illuminating the interior space appropriately, and as a guide for rainwater to trickle down along the surfaces to the ground. The design of these curved surfaces not only maintains the porosity of the facade, keeping the interior space well-ventilated, but also achieves a cross-bracing that provides structural support for the whole facade.