- Shade London
A cellular glass facade that filters natural sunlight into a moving kaleidoscope of light and shadow, directly choreographed by the elements passing outside. Windgusts trigger the cells in the glass to block or pass sunlight, to restore the unplanned natural timeline of the outdoors to the interior of the building.
The 140 m2 responsive glass curve transfuses light varyingly throughout the day, from sharp in the morning to ambient in the afternoon. Wind gusts that pass the building on the outside of the glass directly affect the cells in the glass to turn from opaque to clear, thus passing or blocking sunlight to create a dimensional projection of light and shadow onto the floors and walls of the interior space. As the patterns of wind and the quality of light are constantly changing throughout the day, the interior space regains the unplanned character of the outdoors. At night, the principle is inverted, and interior light is filtered to the outside and projects the kaleidoscopic pattern onto the surrounding pavement.
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of the first installation of Shade at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.
Shade Greenwich / London commissioned by Now gallery London, 2014
First prototype Commissioned by and part of the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago 2010
London, UK - Now Gallery 2014
Chicago, US - The Art Institute of Chicago 2011
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