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Animated Light Façade
The Façade as communicating Membrane
Within the framework of a special exhibit “Future Building”, Ineltec 2003 in Basel was confronted with the challenge to develop a media façade able to combine highest technical demands with sophisticated esthetics.
A net of LED fixtures and fluorescent tubes covered the façade and displayed colored and black & white pictures over the 4 x 19 meter expanse. The spectrum of projections embraced flashing patterns as well as scrolling messages and even video transmissions. Depending on the distance to the building, the lights gained content or lost it again. Swiveling, vertical glass lamellas allowed a selective insight or vista to the outside from time to time and allowed short glimpses of the construction making clear that it is possible to be a carrier for large-scale projections without destroying the transparency. The small size, especially of the LED fixtures and their regulatory elements, still allows for...