Bloom is a wall system composed of modular cast silicone units, designed to filter light through the opening and closing of a thin geometry. In an exploration of the elastic qualities of silicone, bloom derives its form from biomimicry studies of the movement of morning glories. The design evolved through iterative castings, in order to reach a unit that integrates structure with a dynamic surface membrane.
The unit’s range of motion was tested digitally through parametric scripting and physically with the attachment of wire and string to the surface membrane. However, the design is intended to function through the application of shape memory alloys that contract or expand in reaction to heat sensors. In practice bloom is an environmentally responsive system with the ability to stay open while exposed to direct sunlight in order to diffuse light entry, or close when not in direct sunlight to allow more ambient light to enter.