With color-changing textile technology, these rain shelters are able to bring some cheer to gloomy, rainy days. They could also be used as a color-coded communication system in cities.
Developed by Fabrica, the Water Culture project was conceived for the Design for Change competition based in Lille, France. The rain shelters won first place in the competition to improve the quality of lives of the residents of Lille. The textile shelters are supposed to help with the emotional health and well-being by turning negative weather conditions into a more positive experience.
The experiment uses hydro-chromatic structures to change color in the rain. They can also make vibrant patterns that will be a welcome addition to overcast skies of the French city.