A new laser light installation by Luftwerk and Iker Gil has transformed the Mies van der Rohe's famous Barcelona Pavilion. Dubbed Geometry of Light, the installation was designed to highlight the materials and architecture of the structure using light and sound. Taking cues from the pavilion's gridded plan and vertical planes, the light project was designed to create a new interpretive layer that traces, highlights and reimagines the pavilion itself.
Using the 1929 Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich as the foundation of the work, Geometry of Light emphasizes the structure's materials and open floor plan. A projected grid of light animates the travertine floor that extends beyond the steel-framed glass walls to accentuate the flowing space as it permeates through the interior and exterior. The animated projections work with a custom-designed sound piece by Oriol Tarragó to create a comprehensive immersive tonal reading. In turn, a spatial installation of the soundtrack creates a comprehensive, immersive experience.
Geometry of Light will remain open until February 17. The installation is part of the LLUM BCN festival and the Santa Eulàlia festivities. Following its premiere in Barcelona, Geometry of Light will be installed at the Farnsworth House in October 2019 to coincide with the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.