Adaptive facades reflect that facade design is essentially based on people's basic need for protection. Facades that are not optimally adapted to the direct and indirect needs of users influence their physical, psychological and functional comfort and do not achieve their full potential. These deficiencies serve as starting points to define new functional requirements for facades. Future facades should interact with users and space and address specifically the needs of users ("user-centered adaptivity"). Supplementary, innovative functionalities must be developed in a "user-centric design process" from the needs of the users.
Example Future Façades in hospitals
Older people, especially people with dementia, are an extreme group of users who have special requirements for their environment. Particularly weak points in functional comfort are decisive and mostly result on missing or insufficient interaction possibilities. The future of hospital facades are additions to their functionality to promote interaction between users and facades.
Example Future Façades in hotels
The hotel industry is booming more than ever before. Affordable and fast means of transportation enable a rapid increase in travelers (both buisiness and private) through all social classes of all origins and ages. The broad range of hotel guest with their different demands on comfort in the hotel room poses a great challenge for hoteliers. The future hotel façade must be able to react to the individual comfort needs of guests in order to maximize guest satisfaction and thus the profit for hotel operators, as well as to meet the demands for sustainability and ressource efficieny.