Ned Khan’s ingenious use of air, water & light to create movement in facades, water features & art installations. See Bloggroll for a link.

Ned Khan’s facade projects are developed in conjunction with architects named on his website. The descriptions & images of projects here are from his website.

Tipping Wall: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The facade of a cooling tower was covered with 10,000 hinged metal channels that fill with water and tip either left or right. When they tip they spill water into the center of the channel below which then tips either left or right  /

Sonic Pool

Sonic Pool:  The bowl is vibrated with an air-powered oscillator  /


Firefly:  reveals how wind moves around and through it. The hinged, polycarbonate panels swing with the unseen patterns of the wind  /

Mare Undurum: Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ, 2008.  Integrating artworks into the new performing arts center. A series of wave generators in a shallow reflecting pool that encircles the building, create a series of large circular ripples, like huge raindrops falling on a lake, that spread out through the pool in ever-changing patterns. An array of thousands of 3×3” mirrors set into the space between the glass layers of the curtain wall are aimed down to reflect small, moving “snapshots” of the water surface. As the ripples move across the pool, the mirror array visually digitizes the flow pattern  /

Breathing Sky: Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, 1995.  Mist billowing from a 20-foot diameter ring of stones reveals the complex patterns of the wind in the sculpture Ácourt. The appearance of the fog changed from minute to minute responding to the air currents and ambient light conditions  /

Feather Wall

Feather Wall: A kinetic shade structure for the new Robert B. Green Clinical Pavilion in San Antonio. Composed of 5029 tilted aluminum vanes that sway in the wind  /

Wind Silos

Wind Silos: International Trade Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2006.  An 80’ tall by 450’ long facade of a parking structure was covered with a series of undulating metal screens evocative of grain silos. The corrugated and perforated stainless steel screens that form the silo structures were designed to allow ventilation of the parking structure while creating a visual screen  /

Chain of Ether

Chain of Ether: Resmed Corporation, San Diego. 2009. A 25-foot tall by 110-foot long, wind-activated artwork that consists of 3960, 9”x 9” squares of aluminum chainmail. These hanging panels of metallic fabric are extremely lightweight and responsive to subtle changes in the wind  /

Wind Arbor

Wind Arbor: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Four vertical acres of the glass facade of a hotel lobby was covered with a cable net structure composed of a half a million hinged elements that sway in the wind and reveal the patterns of the wind  /

Rain Oculus

Rain Oculus: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. A large whirlpool forms inside a 70-foot diameter acrylic bowl and falls 2 stories to a pool below /

Vertical Canal

Vertical Canal: Rijkswaterstaat, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2008. Intended to suggest a transparent vertical plane of water, the artwork consists of thousands of clear plastic panels suspended from a minimal stainless steel cable net so that they undulate in the wind /

Digitized Field: ATT Building, Santa Rosa, California. The side of the ATT building was covered with a field of 30,000 wind-animated panels. /


Microturbines: Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, 2009. An array of 1008 small, extruded acrylic turbines that spin in the wind. The translucent white plastic surfaces capture light and shadow as the turbines respond to the passing breezes. /

Wind Portal

Wind Portal: San Francisco International Airport Bart Station, San Francisco. 2003.  This artwork consists of 200,000 mirrored disks which respond to the air currents generated by passing trains and the natural wind passing through the BART Station at the San Francisco Airport.

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