Electrofrost is an ongoing collaborative experiment that starts from a simple idea: the atmosphere is an abundant, ambient resource. Its particulates, gases, vapors, and invisible fields make up the ubiquitous ether that conditions experience. By calibrating those elements, the project cultivates and trains the ethereal production of frost, making the material environment visible.

 

Our current research looks at ways that architecture can literally design with frost. We’re testing how electrostatics effect the appearance and longevity of frost, both as an ornament and a thermal amenity. We’re designing new substrates, experimenting with electric fields, and considering ways that this ephemeral process can be applied to architectural scenarios.

 

ELECTROFROST, 2015-present

 

Principals:

Anya Sirota

Jean Louis Farges

 

In collaboration with:

Patrick Beauce, Meredith Miller

 

Consultant:

Nilton Renno

 

Project team:

Annelise Heeringa

Matthew Story

Peter Halquist

 

With assistance from:

Ryan Mason, YT Oh

 

Thanks and support:

Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, Research Through Making