The INSTRUMENT is a modular outdoor test hut at PVA. Its purpose is to enable faculty and architecture students to do full-scale testing to assess building performance under realistic conditions with an overt interest in measuring and not simulating. The INSTRUMENT comprises two identical modules with test walls that can be removed to experiment with different sustainable building envelopes, shading devices, and other building components. A 360-degree automated turntable varies the orientation of the test huts modules which are equipped with over 200 sensors per module that record data.
Bio Bill Prices' career has spanned three decades, during which time he has practiced and produced work in eleven different countries. He has practiced professionally in Switzerland and the Netherlands, where he spent four years with OMA/Rem Koolhaas. There he acted as Research and Development Director and saw the Villa Bordeaux (Time Magazine called this house the most important private residence of the twentieth century") through to completion. Bill collaborated with Ai Weiwei in China, after which Ai Weiwei picked Bill's work to include in Phaidon's 10 x 10-3 Monograph.