Our lives are divided into physical and digital realms. This final project’s goal is to represent and combine these two parts. Make a small interactive façade prototype. Through sensors, the façade can react to its surroundings and adapt its shape to the external input conditions. As a living façade, it could simply be a façade that changes its design. As an output, actuators such as motors, leds, fans, and so on can be used to act on a mechanism, liquids, fabrics, lights, and so on. The goal of this project is to get you to experiment with hardware and code. To investigate the relationship between the digital and physical worlds.


The Façade of The Arab World Institute has metallic screen with moving geometric motifs that unfolds. The motifs are  240 photo-sensitive motor-controlled apertures, or shutters, that function as a sophisticated brise soleil, automatically opening and closing to control the amount of light and heat entering the building from the sun. The mechanism creates interior spaces with filtered light, which is a common effect in Islamic architecture with its climate-oriented strategies.

The Arab World Institute Paris, France

The Arab World Institute Paris, France


Inspired by the eye’s pupil dilation, That regulates the amount of light that enters by controlling the size of the pupil. The third eye is a kinetic Façade prototype that functions as an hyperboloidal eye  to control the amount of light entering the building also increasing the surface area by expanding thus reducing direct sunlight. The mechanism diffuses light to create interior spaces.

Controlling the size of the pupil




Fabric Motion

String Motion

Fabric + String Motion


Single Module

Module Configuration


Functional Animation

Functional Animation








THIRD EYE is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at the Master in Advanced Architecture in 2021 by: Harshul Goti, James Kingsley Claudin, Vishakha Pathak ; Faculty: Angel Muñoz & Cristian Rizzuti