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Muscle Tower II – Hyperbody Research Group

  • On March 23, 2006

In the spirit of my up coming trip to the Game Set Match II conference I thought I’d show a bit of the work that the Hyperbody Research Group have been doing in recent times. I have to admit if I wasn’t at the Interactive Architecture unit at the Bartlett which is awesome, I’d love to be in Delft getting stuck into building large scale interactive kinetic architecture.


The interactive & kinetic MUSCLE Tower II is a true HYPERbody. It reacts to its environment, and pro-actively determines the space around itself. This advertisment tower, attracting attention through its elegant moves, could actually become the archetype for a new kind of construction in building bodies.


It consists of aluminium staves, connected flexibly to each other and the FESTO Muscles by iron hollow spheres. The FESTO Muscles are controlled by a running program in VirTools, which is aware of its environment through movement sensors.

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