Adaptex Klima+

R&D project funded by BMBF - Zwanzig20 – Partnership for Innovation within the consortium smart3

Design Team: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christiane Sauer, Dipl.-Des. Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Dipl.-Ing. Maxie Schneider, weißensee school of art and design berlin

Partners: Facade-Lab GmbH (Project Coordinator) Fraunhofer IWU, Carl Stahl ARC GmbH, Verseidag-INDUTEX GmbH, ITP GmbH, SGS Engineering GmbH

Image credit: Janis Rozkalns
The ADAPTEX Mesh and ADAPTEX Wave textile shading systems use the surrounding temperature and additional solar radiation to activate the textile structure and enable the closing of the surface. This ensures that maximum solar protection is provided in the case of strong solar radiation, preventing an overheating of the building. At the same time, the system allows for light- and air-transmission in cooler temperatures. The cooling reduces the heat load of adjacent buildings and thus passively reduces overall cooling requirements through an optimised microclimate. As a result, public and semi-public spaces can be used more intensively in extreme climates.

The research prototypes of Adaptex have been installed now at GU Tech in Muscat, Oman.

The research project is being carried out by five partners from design science and industry and is being funded as part of the smart3 consortium (, BMBF funding guideline Zwanzig20 – Partnership for Innovation). The weißensee school of art and design is responsible for research, content and operational aspects of the project, from the initial feasibility study to its implementation.