1024 Architecture has completed an animated sculpture at the Darwin Ecosystem Project in Bordeaux, France, blending organic materials with the latest technology to create a dynamic feature for this sustainable business hub.
Created in 2012, the Darwin Ecosystem Project is a redeveloped barracks in Bordeaux where abandoned buildings have been reinvented to provide offices for approximately forty businesses. The development fosters collaboration between firms of a similar intention, with a central courtyard providing a communal meeting spot.
The VORTEX scheme by 1024 Architecture is a light sculpture where scaffolding and raw wooden elements are wrapped around the footbridge between the two main buildings. This arches across the central courtyard and creates a powerful focus point.
12 LED strips are integrated into the form and can be operated using 1024 Architecture’s MadMapper software and a joystick, bringing VORTEX to life with a colourful light show. This can be set to music or used to demonstrate the consumption of the building users.
The team explains: “It ultimately answers to the ambient environment around it, capturing the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s unique energy consumption footprint, and converting it into data that is processed to spawn realtime visuals.”