How does the relationship between a person and a space change as the material condition of that space changes? Architecture Office founder Adam Rosekelly investigated this question pursuant to receiving his Masters of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Applying a synthetic fabric as a construction material, Pulse explores how the relationship a person has with a space changes as its physical condition changes. Pulse is a circular room constructed out of a timber frame and lined with a fabric that, when stretched taut, resembles drywall—the banal condition typically perceived as a wall. Behind the fabric, inflatable bags are attached to an air compressor, release valve and motion sensor.
As a person moves through Pulse, a motion sensor triggers the air compressor, causing the fabric walls to deform as the bags inflate and deflate. The relationship between that person and Pulse changes as the interplay of light and shadow shifts across the surface of the fabric wall. As the person moves through Pulse, they will perceive that the change in the room’s material condition is triggered by their movement.
Pulse asks questions about the future potential of buildings to be interactive and adaptive. Specifically, this project explores the ability for space to not only transform, but to move—to pulse. Can the cadence and movement of this space instill a calming effect? Will future meditation spaces incorporate physical conditions that can only be achieved through the movement of air? Pulse suggests that changes to conditions, and the subtleties of those changes, affect our perception of space.