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1024’s “Vortex” Installation Unites Environmental Analysis and Art

1024’s “Vortex” Installation Unites Environmental Analysis and Art
1024’s “Vortex” Installation Unites Environmental Analysis and Art, Courtesy of 1024 architecture
Courtesy of 1024 architecture

Paris-based firm 1024 architecture has created Vortex, a generative light sculpture located within the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s green building in Bordeaux, France. The “architectural fragment” consists of scaffolding, raw wood, and twelve lines of LED light. With colored LED lights appearing to shoot across the structure, a new spatial experience is created, which also informs viewers about energy consumption within the building.

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Courtesy of 1024 architecture

In September, 1024 architecture created “Tesseract,” a light installation featuring complex geometrical compositions within a simple structural framework. The architecture firm, created by Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel, “focuses on the interaction between body, space, sound, visual, low-tech and high-tech, art and architecture.”

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Courtesy of 1024 architecture

Vortex builds upon a combination of these eight elements by using organic materials alongside new technology. The structure wraps around a footbridge between two buildings causing the bridge itself to dematerialize behind a complex matrix of light and wooden planks.

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Courtesy of 1024 architecture

“Vortex evolves like a living organism; it breathes, trembles and emits pulses of light created using 1024’s MadMapper software.” The structure can be manually controlled via joystick, synchronized to music, and also displays its location’s energy consumption with a series of illuminated tubes.

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Courtesy of 1024 architecture

By interpreting and displaying energy conscious data as a sculptural spectacle, Vortex integrates a functional environmental tool with art and architecture. 

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Cite: Evan Rawn. "1024’s “Vortex” Installation Unites Environmental Analysis and Art" 28 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/572749/1024-s-vortex-installation-unites-environmental-analysis-and-art/> ISSN 0719-8884
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