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Press kit - Press release - Eye_Beacon - UNStudio & MDT Sonnenschutzsysteme GmbH

Eye_Beacon

Amsterdam, Netherlands

UNStudio & MDT Sonnenschutzsysteme GmbH

UNStudio and MDT-tex join forces to realise the Eye_Beacon Pavilion for the Amsterdam Light Festival


Hardheim, Germany, 2017-07-13 -

The inspiration for the design of the Amsterdam Light Festival info booth pavilion originated from the theme of this year’s festival, biomimicry: the imitation of natural phenomena for the purpose of solving complex human problems.

The design is specifically inspired by the deep sea world, where living organisms counteract the darkness of their environment by employing bioluminescence - often hypnotic pulsating light - as an attraction and communication mechanism. This magical vivid world formed the starting point for the sculptural, yet functional pavilion.

The Eye_Beacon serves as both an attraction point and a ticketing/information booth for people visiting the festival. Located on the western side of the ‘Blauwbrug’, next to the river Amstel, the pavilion acts as a connection between the ‘Watercolour’ canal route and the ‘Illuminade’ land route.

 

Ben van Berkel: “Similar to deep sea creatures that use bioluminescence to signal, attract and inform, the Eye_Beacon uses choreographed light sequences to alert visitors to its dual function as both a sculpture and an information point for the festival. Along with the effect of the pavilion partially overhanging the Amstel River, the twist that connects the two halves of the structure emphasises the crossing point between the land and water routes of the festival.”


For the structure, two cube forms are connected to one another by twisting surfaces. This results in 316 panels with uneven dimensions and therefore required the parametric optimisation of these surfaces to ensure efficient fabrication and installation.


Materialised in partnership with MDT-tex, all surfaces of the pavilion are constructed from tensile textile modules that together create a pattern of openings and reveal glimpses of the interior. MDT-tex designed 2D and 3D textile units which enable the twisting connection of the two cubes, resulting in a sculptural form strengthened by its components.

Markus Müller-Feist, Managing Director / Owner MDT-tex, “The collaboration between UNstudio and MDT-tex  triggered the development of new forms that required innovative and advanced textile  engineering, combined with the expertise that MDT-tex has built-up over the years. The evolution of the form-finding and technical translation to contemporary future orientated sustainable materials marks the ‘twist’ within this outstanding partnership”. 

 

Inspired by Ben van Berkel’s dual function concept, MDT-tex’ facade system is already designed for the future use of lighting and water harvesting systems.

 

Focused LED projections present gradient color changes on the inside of the tensile structure, resulting in a constantly changing composition of light and colour.


In short

MDT designs, manufactures, and supplies innovative, high-quality sun protection systems, membrane constructions, and custom-made products
for textile outdoor architecture to customers all over the world. The company carries out the entire production process in its own modernized factories at international locations. This guarantees the highest quality for innovative products and ensures absolute supply security.


info.de@mdt-tex.com

www.mdt-tex.com

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