Technically speaking, the smart facade—or building envelope that adapts to environmental conditions—dates back to the first window. But the contemporary idea of the smart facade has only been around for a few short decades, helped along by recent advances in chemical and material science. And over the past three years, we've seen the category boom.
Pearl Academys outer skin sits four feet away from the building and reduces the direct heat gain through fenestrations, while allowing for diffused daylight. In this way, it filters air, light, and privacy.
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