Jichen Wang, MAAD
With the wide adoption of HVAC systems and the increasingly extreme environment condition all over the world, contemporary architectures rely more on mechanical equipment to adjust physical environment. However, it might cost extra energy, and the “manufactured sense of comfort” might not be the best choice for users. Facade, as a vital medium between indoor and outdoor environments, has a great chance to become responsive to support the sustainable purpose of buildings.

The thesis aims to design a light responsive facade system to create a good interior light comfort with sufficient and uniform light distribution for large working spaces. The main approach is to take the reflection attribute of light into consideration, analyze the light behavior and select the proper geometries and materials for the system. To achieve this, evaluation tools to simulate light and optimize geometries were developed through iterations.