A window to the night.
For the night of the museums in Böblingen, a temporary light installation was created on the facade of the “Kunstverein Böblingen”. The building is prominently located on the “Schlossberg” and in the stream of visitors through the city center.
The installation questions the principle of a facade illumination in which the building, the architecture always remains passive. Now the building itself becomes the actor; it plays with its own facade. The inversion of the folding shutters into a light-giving element creates a new window of the night.
The shutters can be opened and closed gently by a special built construction with controllable motors. The well-hidden light sources are controlled synchronously.
Usually the shutters appear only in two states: open or closed - almost digital. Never occupying the "swinging space" that would expand the building envelope, like breathing in an out. The installation creates exactly these intermediate states through an artificial breath of wind. The interplay of light color and movement creates infinite nuances between open and closed.
A vertical horizon is emerging.
temporary light art installation, Kunstverein Böblingen, 2019
nominated for the German Lighting Design Award
shortlisted for the darc award 2020