Achim Menges, a design and architecture firm, recently constructed two pavilions titled 'Hygroskin / Hygroscope.' One is located in New Orleans, while the other can be found at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
"Hygroscopicity refers to an objects ability to absorb moisture from its environment when dry and shed moisture to its environment when wet," states DesignBoom, which is exactly how these structures function. The designers were looking to explore how architecture could be brought to life, making it a self-sustainable structure that would use less manmade energy. Considering how global warming and the overall state of the planet is slowly deteriorating, doing research into projects such as these are much-welcomed and even necessary for the health of the earth.
Photo Credits: designboom, achimmenges.net