Could architecture move, by itself? Could it, perhaps, regulate the amount of light it lets through? These are the questions which lead to the design of the Iris Module, a stackable, modular building-block, forming the skin of a building, which regulates the amount of light that enters it.
The Iris module is a concept for a modular building-block, which is the result of a one-week workshop prototyping during Hyperbody Msc1. The shutter-mechanism, which is often refered to the iris of the camera, is implemented in a hexagonal body, which makes modular-stacking an interesting possibilty. Stacking hexagonal modules, whilst in control over the shape created, makes this concept a real one-building-one-detail design. While the prototype is being made on the shutter-movement, depended on the light being picked up by the sensor, it can also be implemented in various other modules, which may be stacked in the same way. This results in a system which can be used to build body's containing various and diverse programmes and optimizing them static and real-time to their environment to behave interactivly.