As the students developed the design further, the idea of using household objects to maintain a low-cost, low-tech project that was still intriguing and engaging came into play. The room would be filled with 8 modules that attached to each other to shrink the size of the room. One module is consistent of recycled wood for the structure and frame, a household floor fan sealed by a plastic bag, LED’s, fabric and black bristol board paper for the textile skin.
Using Arduino technology, a monitor is being mounted above each module which sensors as a person walks by, this will cause the LED’s to turn on behind the black skin and the fan to expand the bag onto the fabric, resulting in the skin imposing on the individual. FRAKTUR focuses on a modular assembly to achieve the breathing walls without over complicating its design.
The Gladstone Hotel, being a heritage building offered a list of restrictions on the team; small door and corridors, few outlets, unlevel floors. The students visited the space several times while developing to ensure the design was possible to achieve.