For its new Chinese headquarters, the industrial vehicle manufacturer Zoomlion commissioned for the building a special facade that actually moves and transforms, its two sets of steel-and-glass wings mounted on hydraulic frames.
The winged design is meant to mimic butterflies and eagles -- symbols of fragility and leadership in Chinese culture. When folded down, the shape is meant to resemble a swimming frog, which is china represents prosperity.
The robotic facade was designed using parametric modelling tools, which rely on statistical or proven data and mathematical equations to improve the accuracy of modelling otherwise uncertain or unfamiliar project situations. The four-story building, when complete, will host exhibitions and product displays -- though, the building itself seems like a rather impressive attraction on its own. [Inhabitat]