adaptive surfaces, smart textiles, energy efficiency, high tech materials, architecture, façade, e-textiles, smart materials, smart3, Adaptex


The research project Adaptex investigates the potential of using the shape-changing material Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) in an adaptive sun shading textile for architecture. By incorporating SMA as an actuator into a textile membrane, the permeability of the surface can adapt in response to temperature changes in the immediate environment. The aim is to create a responsive textile system that prevents the interior of a building from overheating, without the need of electricity or external controlling mechanisms. The light and flexible structure allows for applications in new building construction as well as in energetic refurbishment.

The research project is carried out by seven partners from science and industry and is funded within the consortium smart3 (, BMBF funding guideline Zwanzig20 – Partnership for Innovation). Weißensee school of art are responsible for developing the concept, design and implementation of the R&D project – from the initial feasibility study to the final implementation.


Lead: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christiane Sauer
DXM Researchers: Dipl.-Des. Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Dipl.-Ing. Maxie Schneider, Rebecca Schedler

Facade-Lab GmbH (Project Coordinator)
Fraunhofer Institut for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
Carl Stahl ARC GmbH
Verseidag-INDUTEX GmbH
ITP GmbH (Society for intelligent textile products)
SGS Engineering Services in Civil Engineering GmbH

Research project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the smart³ project