A Building that learns through Intuition

TEAM: Saanya Magon & Sanjana Singh

Keywords: Intuition, Changing constraints, Building as a product, Expansion and contraction, Artificial Intelligence


A user adaptive project to transform the existing Sector 53- 54 Metro Station, Gurugram, thereby, connecting occupants with remote individuals, communities and information resources. The project, exploring the guidelines of Temporal Architecture, seeks to merge the speed of intuition of users and their changing constraints through provision of systems and components to respond to them. This would be Software driven and about the interaction of people with the software through ‘track’ and ‘learn’ method. There are built in and developing intuitive responses in the building making the building smart enough to adapt itself to “changing constraints” in the future.

These changes take place through expansion and contraction within the building using AI based systems supported by mechanisms like the ‘Diagrid’ and ‘Jack’. The building is a steel framework consisting of expandable and compactible elements such as the floorplates, walls, Diagrid, Jacks, which can be dismantled, rotated, extended, expanded and compacted depending on various trigger factors. Trigger factors being an increase in the density of people during peak hours or a change in the user requirement based on rent, booking timings for an event, etc. Trigger elements would in turn lead to a response changes in the expansion of floorplates, compaction of sub floor divisions, all of which would therby lead to a change in the façade.

Thus, the building, serving as a ‘Product’ to users, will be “Smart” in its ability to adapt to changing constraints. It would be in reality about people and how people interact with software.

A reinvention of the architecture that is influenced by the behaviour of human and technology subsystems in building to shift its emergent behaviour.