sophie valla architects: LED clouds in amsterdam
sophie valla architects: LED clouds in amsterdam sophie valla architects: LED clouds in amsterdam
mar 15, 2013
sophie valla architects: LED clouds in amsterdam


‘LED clouds in amsterdam’ by sophie valla architects
project in context
image © marcus koppen

 

 

the construction of the north-south subway presented amsterdam north with the opportunity to turn the center of district into a park.
sinking the nieuwe leeuwarderweg highway by seven meters allowed to merge three existing green spaces to create a central recreational
zone for the residents of the area. located in a site where two gas stations from the eighties were going to be demolished, buildings mirror
each other on both sides of the entrance – uniquely suited for public gathering.

 

the light installations by sophie valla architects under the flat roofing are the outstanding feature of the remodeled structures. sixty textile
panels made from the fabrics used in advertising were cut to various sizes to meet the dimensions of the existing structure; forming an
LED-like screen that can be programed independently. the textiles were combined with colorful spotlights in a giant puzzle, creating a
10m x 40m artificial sky. dynamic light animations lasting 30 minutes mimic shifting cloudy dutch skies, where twenty fluctuating skies
re-create scenarios of bright and stormy days from sunrise to sunset. like a sophisticated carpet sitting on a lawn, concrete slabs laid out
in an attractive pattern outline a conspicuously stylish urban spot in the grassy field of the park.

 

 


animation ‘good weather’
image © marcus koppen

 

 


highway view
image © marcus koppen

 

 


public space
image © marcus koppen

 

 


animation storm 1
image © marcus koppen

 


animation storm 2
image © marcus koppen

 

 


light sunset
image © marcus koppen

 

 


light stars
image © marcus koppen

 

 


reuse gas station
image © marcus koppen

 

 

project information:

 

credits: pavilions and led cloud

client: amsterdam north city
concept and design: sophie valla architects

team: sophie valla and ivo jelinek

construction: van eden bouwconstructies bv

light supplies: invent
design 
contractor: interieurbouw coen winkel

 

 

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