Elephant Skin

How can patterns on elephant skin help us keep buildings cool?

Strategy — The bioSEA team has designed modular façade tiles inspired by the bumpy and textured skin of elephants for better cooling. The tiles combine two key mechanisms for passive cooling (self-shading and evaporative cooling) and capillary action for water management. The textured tiles have been simulated for performance benefits and prototypes have been developed and tested in three materials – gypsum, mycelium and clay.

The tiles are available in three sizes (10 cm x 10 cm, 15 cm x 15 cm, 20 cm x 20cm)  for application in the industry on real walls. They can be placed standalone or integrated with other green wall designs.

  • Functions Addressed

    Heat Dissipation, Limit Heat Gain, Water Capture

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