The Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) at the Tel Aviv University in Israel is the realization of Dame Shirley Porter's vision and commitment. This augmented reality of the PSES building was commissioned by Dr. Joseph Cory as part of his "Ecological Ripples" Exhibition in order to raise awareness towards sustainable design and to show key features of the building in a new pioneering way. The building is the first of its kind in Israel. Built to reflect the broad environmental vision of its founders, it implements a range of green principles and ideas.
Arki-PSES application showcases the underlying environmental strategies that make up the architectural design of the Porter School of Environmental Studies. The app was developed by Darf Design and Dr. Cory for the "ecological ripples" exhibition using augmented reality technology to visualize the narrative behind the architectural design in real-time through the deployment of several interactivity features.
In this project certain aspects of the building design are demonstrated through a series of animations that help communicate the design agenda in a novel way. The app consists of seven specific features which include, sun path, wind circulation, lighting strategy, mechanical strategy, sustainable material strategy, program strategy, and environmental skin. A 3d model of the building is separated into layers to highlight specific components of the design and help better understand the integrated functionalities of the architectural agenda. Each one of these 3d layers can be viewed in isolation via a series of buttons, which help control the presentation of the architectural design.
The environmental agenda of the building is clearly illustrated through real-time animations, which break down the shadow, wind and lighting factors of the site. The sun path is animated during summer solstice, winter solstice and autumn equinox, to illustrate how sunlight is controlled through the environmental double skin facade during these times of the year. A further animation demonstrates the wind circulation throughout the site and building, which specifically highlights the natural ventilation strategy incorporated into the design. A nighttime view of the building is also illustrated with the use of a dynamic lighting animation that demonstrates how the exterior of the building is viewed at night, and more importantly how the capsule on the double skin facade interactively changes color due to the pollution levels of the external surrounding site.
Geotectura / Axelrod-Grobman Architects / Chen Architects
The Porter Foundation
1. Download the App from the App Store:
For educational use only.
*Please note this app is compatible with iphone 5 generation and above and ipad 4 generation and above.
2. Print the image above (Augmented Reality Marker).
3. Run the App and point your device at the printed image to view the building in AR.
4. For best performance, please ensure the image is placed on a flat surface with appropriate lighting.
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