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16. July 2013

Bio-inspired kinetic façade for the thematic pavilion “One Ocean” EXPO 2012 in Yeosu, Korea

Article from Bautechnik 07/2013

Authors: Jan Knippers, Hauke Jungjohann, Florian Scheible, Matthias Oppe

The Thematic Pavilion “One Ocean”, designed by SOMA Architecture, Vienna, is a major and permanent building for the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea. The façade facing the expo area and the main entrance is conducted as kinetic media façade symbolizing the gills of a fish. The façade therefore illustrates the theme of the Expo “The living ocean and coast” very well. Development of the kinetic media façade was inspired by flexible deformation principles found in plant movements. The project is a role model for a novel application of glass fiber reinforced polymers (GFRP) for deployable structures as well as for advanced biomimetic research and design.