Shell of the New Earth.

“Lungs see what your eyes don’t”

“It’s like gambling, a lucky draw. Every day you wake up and look up at the sky and see how it goes. We’re powerless,”

“It was so sudden and we didn’t have time to plan anything,”

These were the words of the people living in Beijing on one of the capital’s first issued “Red Alert” days. This wasn’t a city under siege, this is a city under smog – dangerous levels of it.


Imagine a world so polluted that you have zero visibility at 5 metres. The air is toxic, so are water and food. Homo sapiens (man) is evolving to the new earth, as a result, there is no verbal communication among people. Their faces are covered with masks and they have developed a second skin which lets them see through the smog. They live in such an atmosphere that made them depressed. The responding skin becomes the communicating layer, as people are at close proximity. Emotions are expressed by the vibrations created through skin. The skin is evolved to be thermochromic. This is today’s “New Earth” where we live.



Based on the final system for the proposed skin design, the following Material and Fabrication techniques are recommended:

  • Fabric: Laser cutting/ Folding
  • Thermochromics: casting
  • 3D Printing: PLA
  • Fabric
  • Miura Fold / Origami


Miura Fold / Origami
The Miura fold is a form of rigid origami, meaning that the fold can be carried out by a continuous motion in which, at each step, each parallelogram is completely flat. This property allows it to be used to fold surfaces made of rigid materials.


Thermochromism is the property of substances to change colour due to a change in temperature. The two common approaches are based on liquid crystals and leuco dyes. Liquid crystals are used in precision applications, as their responses can be engineered to accurate temperatures, but their colour range is limited by their principle of operation.


Experiment Origami

on fabric
Miura Ori folds based on angle of curves.


Experiment Origami

on a person
Miura Ori folds based on angle of curves.


Experiment Thermochromic

with alcohol as solvent
Color change with temperature.

Experiment Thermochromic

with silicon
Color change with temperature.

Experiment with fabric hardener

different percentage of fabric hardener was used to play with fabric movement.


Bio plastic casting within layers of fabric

components used for the layering fabric and bioplastic.


Bio plastic layered fabric origami responding to change in temperature. 


Fabrication Process


Project Credits

Miura Ori Skin is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Maa01, Skins2

Students: Jengrung Hong, Sameera Chukkapalli, Hsin Li, Tanuj Thomas.

Model : Jessica Dias

Advisors : Anastasia Pistofidou, Manuel Kretzer.