Named after the polymath, mathematician, first computer programmer, and early innovator of the computer age, Ada Lovelace, this collaborative project with Microsoft Research embodies performance, material innovation, human-centered adaptive architecture, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence. Ada builds upon 13 years of collaborative work and innovation across architecture and science, where projects embrace and are informed by technology, non-standard and bio-steered concepts, and the hidden spatial structures within data—projects that have the capacity to facilitate and reveal hidden expressions and emotion in the built environment.
The first architectural pavilion project to incorporate AI, Ada is also knitted light, immersing visitors in a responsive and interactive glow of photoluminescence. Importantly, Ada is human-driven; Ada is a cyber-physical architecture that is adaptive, personal, data-driven, and informed by individual and collective participation. It is a project that celebrates AI, an architecture that is "happy to see you" and "smiles back at you."