Building Morphs Into Laser-Light Spectacular At Nightfall
Les Turbulences, the newest project by design team Jakob + MacFarlane, is one of the few "morphing" buildings currently on permanent display. Created as part of the new FRAC Center in Orleans, France, a "graft" was introduced on the existing building, introducing an interactivity with its urban environment activated by a “skin of light” on the Turbulences. A collaboration with artists’ duo Electronic Shadow (Naziha Mestaoui and Yacine Aït Kaci), Turbulences consists of a facade of light made of several thousand diodes, creating a dynamic interface between the building and its surroundings. Using the natural construction lines of the Turbulences, various points of light become a pastiche of shapes: passing from point to line, line to surface, surface to volume, and volume to image.