Each year, Amsterdam plays host to artists, architects, and light designers from around the world who illuminate their innovative projects from December to January during the Amsterdam Light Festival. For this year's rendition, Dutch firm UNStudio and and international textile company MDT-tex collaborated on the ticketing and information pavilion. Dubbed the Eye_Beacon, the cubic design was inspired by the magnificence of bioluminescence and how deep sea creatures utilize it as a communication method. The idea came from the festival's theme of biomimicry, or the imitation of natural processes to solve human problems. The design of the Eye_Beacon is directly inspired by the complexity of the deep sea world.
The light exhibition is split into two routes: Water Colors , the nearby canal route along the River Amstel, and Illuminade, the land route. To link the two, the pavilion is situated between the two paths.
“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 emphasizes the crossing point between the land and water routes of the festival," said Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect at UNStudio, in the Dutch firm's press release.
The shape of the pavilion is comprised of two cubic forms on either side that are interlinked by a twisting middle with 250 uneven panels, giving the structure complex dimension, the smaller units within the entire structure is made out of several tensile textile modules, that produce openings at its joints and reveal the interior. Inside, LED projections produce vibrant colors, frequently changing the appearance of both the exterior and interior of the pavilion.
The Amsterdam Light Festival will be on view until Jan. 22.