We are approaching the end of an era of fossil fuels. Natural gas will be replaced with electricity. Domestic heating takes up more than 40% of our energy use, and more than 50% of which using gas heating. The radiator as we know it will disappear.

Tessella is an electric, kinetic heater which communicates its heating activity unobtrusively through dynamic form. Using shape memory alloys, which change form when heat is applied, it folds and defolds. Next to adaptive behaviour, Tessella allows you to control the heating activity through by expanding or folding it by hand.

 

How Tessella works

How Tessella works

Final report

Final report

Prototypes and models

Prototypes and models

Explorations in colour and texture

Explorations in colour and texture

Technical drawing for pannels

Technical drawing for pannels

3D model of folding heater

3D model of folding heater