CONCRETE CANVAS RAINSCREEN
Concrete Canvas® is a flexible cement impregnated fabric made by MILLIKIN that hardens on hydration to form a thin durable concrete layer. As concrete, the material possesses an inherent strength and as a fabric it has an innate organic quality and movement. The unique material property allows a range of surface manipulation, presenting potential for dynamic cladding system that yields a complexity not available within current construction materials.
Digital analysis and simulation provides a clear strategy for synthesizing optimal visual and thermal performance as a screening layer of the facade. Large-scale prototyping uses a systematic approach of forming, folding and shaping to produce a fixed number of component modules for the rainscreen. A blend of material and formal properties are explored in the configuration of each module to provide a unique synthesis of fluidity and rigidity.