Museum in the Clouds comprises a curved steel frame with sail-like membranes, which follow the movements of the wind; installed on the second-floor façade of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, it is visible from both inside and outside. This two-year project interacts with the weather station on the roof of the museum, records the museum’s microclimate, and reflects this with water vapour and lighting.
The TFAM’s rooptop weather station documents microclimate data around the museum, including light, wind, rain, temperature, heat radiation, ultraviolet light, wind flow velocity, wind direction, and rainfall. It also receives remote data on air quality and information on pollutants in nearby rivers.
Responding to the data provided by this weather station and the air quality index (AQI) received from a remote location, Museum in the Clouds releases mist when temperatures are high—to create various cloud formations, while also cooling the museum’s microenvironment. At night, the lighting system responds to the museum’s air quality and projects different colours accordingly: when the air quality is good, the sail will turn yellowish green; when less so, the lights will turn orangey red; and when the quality is very poor, they will shine in brownish purple hues. If Museum in the Clouds is able to turn luminous green, then the air surrounding the TFAM is perfect.
In addition to influencing the movements of Museum in the Clouds, all of the climate data collected during the Taipei Biennial will also be used to form a proposal as to how to improve the museum’s conditions moving forward. This work is presented alongside a further thirty works by the Micro Architecture Studio (MAS), which provide architectural solutions for institutions and communities worldwide, designed by MAS to improve their livelihood within their specific climactic conditions.
Museum in the Clouds website:
Introduction & Project Description: 2018/11/17 18:30
MAS Seminar: 2018/12/8, 12/22, 2019/1/12
MAS Workshop: 2018/12/15, 2019/1/5, 2/16, 3/2
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Huai-Wen Chang, born 1970 in Taiwan, lives and works in Taipei.
The Micro Architecture Studio (MAS) was founded in 2014. It comprises students from the Class of 48th-52nd in the Department of Architecture at Tamkang University, Taiwan, and a transdisciplinary team of consultants from fields including architecture, landscaping, environmental engineering, ecology, water resources, smart control, lighting, and interactive installation.