Integrating technical performances within design exploration: The case of an innovative Trombe wall

Tudor Cosmatu, Yvonne Wattez, Michela Turrin, Martin Tenpierik

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The Double Face 2.0 research project aims at developing a novel type of an adaptive translucent Trombe wall. The novelty of the proposed system is based on the integration of new lightweight and translucent materials, used both for
latent heat storage and insulation, advanced computational design processes, used to identify the relationship between variations in geometry and their effect in terms of overall performance, as well as proposed fabrication methods based
on Fused Deposition Modelling. Various concepts and geometric configurations are explored and improved via a computational design workflow. The exploration is deeply rooted in performance simulations manufacturing constraints and measurements of prototypes. The paper presents the workflow of the overall on-going research project, with specific emphasis on the incorporation of a omputational assessment and optimization process. Moreover, it presents the preliminary set of measurements and simulations for thermal performances, their results and related conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design 2017
Subtitle of host publicationSimAUD 2017
EditorsMichela Turrin, Brady Peters, William O'Brien, Rudi Stouffs, Timur Dogan
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherSimulation Councils
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-365-88878-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSymposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design: SimAUD 2017 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 22 May 201724 May 2017


ConferenceSymposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design


  • Simulation-based design
  • data driven design
  • building comfort and energy performance


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