Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Alley of Light in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Serge Schoemaker Architects
April 4th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Serge Schoemaker Architects
The Alley of Light is an urban space defined by light. It is a twelve-metre-long passage that is surrounded by a four-metre-high three-dimensional matrix of 2000 handmade lights.
Recalling the typical narrow alleys of red and grey bricks in the historic centre of Amsterdam, this installation visualises the theme of the third annual light festival in Amsterdam, A Bright City, in a radical way. Open, dynamic and enchanting, this alley represents the best qualities that a contemporary city like Amsterdam has to offer.
The architectural light installation consists of 320 vertical strings with six lights each, hanging in a black steel cage construction. The footprint of the installation measures 10 by 12 metres. It is placed on an existing platform on Jonas Daniël Meijerplein, which could be considered a stage for the design.
The atmosphere and sense of space within the passage change continuously thanks to its programmed variation of light configurations. The lights continuously change intensity. The wave-like motion of light within the installation generates a unique spatial experience: when all lights are lit, the passage appears enclosed and intimate; as soon as the lights dim, the space becomes fluid and the borders of the alley start to fade.
Alongside the internal experience, the installation is perceived externally as an eye-catching three-dimensional animation. The motion of light within the strong geometric shape of the matrix can be seen from afar and invites people to experience the installation from within. The algorithm that controls the individual lights and generates the wave-like motion through the grid, is inspired by and derived from the physics of underwater lighting effects.
The experience of the installation is supported on site by music from Machinefabriek/ Rutger Zuydervelt.
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