A06 - The Circadian Curtain Wall: Advocating Integrated Design

Wednesday, November 20 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B305 « Back

Abstract Text:

The Circadian Curtain Wall is a theoretical enclosure element which has been developed through interdisciplinary design and technical investigation between HOK and WSP Built Ecology. The enclosure could be a component in an actual building that would more specifically address site conditions and connect the inhabitants to the world around them in supportive, sustainable ways. It represents an attitude toward architecture which values elements that do more than one thing-- it is a window that also functions as part of the mechanical system. It provides a dynamic facade which preserves daylight and views and it protects from solar gains and visual discomfort. While adopting the principle of ‘organic architecture’ central to the work of the most influential early modernists, the proposal aims to move architecture forward and generate something new that is the synthesis of design and performance. The presentation will cover many facets to the proposed performative facade and the design process that generated it. The presentation will outline the inspiration for design in the context of organic architecture as well as the technical features of how the design elements act to increase indoor environmental quality while simultaneously decreasing embodied and operational energy. It will also discuss how the integrated design concepts were modeled and tested. The goal will be to further notions of the possible in sustainable architectural design while remaining grounded in technical feasibility. The presentation will also discuss on the health and wellness criteria such as access to natural light that the design was created around.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the concept of Organic Architecture and how it can be used to inspire the design for an integrated, performative façade

Describe how the biomorphic qualities of the design and the preservation of views enhance occupant wellness in line with WELL v1 Building Standard Qualitative Biophilia optimization

Describe how unique and dynamic façade systems such as the Circadian Curtain wall can be used to optimize daylight for achievement of the LEED v4 BD+C, ID+C or O+M daylight credit and the WELL v2 L05 Enhanced Daylight Access optimization.

Understand how to model unconventional dynamic façade systems using shoebox modeling in line with the LEED v4 Integrated process credit to inform on load reduction, daylight, and other performance criteria

Learning Level:





GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, LEED Specific: O+M, WELL Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, LEED Specific: O+M, WELL Specific

Education Tracks: Building Performance

Event Type: Conference Session > Session