“The Effusivity Pool” installation by Philippe Rahm architectes at Istituto Svizzero di Milano

The Effusivity Pool proposes to experiment an interior space which materials are no longer chosen according to plastic or memorial criteria, but on physics, looking for a sustainable form of Beauty. What we want to bring into the definition of the solid and thus the physical expressivity of a building or of an interior space, are physical, thermal and climatic values, such as those of reflectance, emissivity, effusivity and conductivity.

 

Philippe Rahm architects, "The Effusivity pool", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 18 April - 9 May 2018 Courtesy: Philippe Rahm architects and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

Philippe Rahm architects, “The Effusivity pool”, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 18 April – 9 May 2018
Courtesy: Philippe Rahm architects and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

 

The Effusivity Pool is thus a manifestation of a few materials chosen according to their climatic proprieties. But the choice of them is no longer made according to analogue or memorial criteria, but according to energy and climatic criteria. We put in place, according to a highly perceptible gradation, 4 materials according to their intrinsic property of effusivity, whose characteristic is to speed up or to slow down the body heat loss by conduction when the human skin is touching a material. (more…)