Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California and Athens, Greece. Design principals Jason Kelly Johnson (creator of Grasshopper’s plug-in Firefly) and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects that focus on the intersection of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space.
Thermaespheres was designed in 2011 as a proposal for a public thermal bath and event pavilion facing the sea in Athens, Greece. It contains three distinct microclimates – the “caldarium” (hot), the “tepidarium” (warm) and the “frigidarium” (cold). These three intersecting domed spaces are surrounded by a light-weight shade canopy that serves as an urban threshold, public promenade, solar energy collector and microclimate generator. The structural system was developed through a series of catenary experiments draped over three dome like masses that describe the structural and microclimatic performance of the canopy.