iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone
 
iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone
feb 19, 2010

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

contemplating the void: interventions in the guggenheim museum solomon r. guggenheim museum, new york on now until april 28th, 2010

 

 

 

 

like frank lloyd wright’s guggenheim itself, ‘lightcone’ by american firm iwamotoscott architecture forms a choreography of light, art and movement through space. informed by wright’s spiral-conical geometries, ‘lightcone’ combines three different arrays of suspended fiber-optic lines:

 

1) the central conical array transmits and transforms the light of the sky from the large overhead skylight.

 

2) the surrounding spiral array pulls in the changing light of the city outside from the spiraling skylights that follow the ramp. at night these two arrays switch over to artificial light powered by batteries, solar-charged from transparent photovoltaic film applied to the skylight glass.

 

3) the peripheral array’s mediated light projects images from the NY guggenheim’s collection. fed from a digital database, these images can be arranged in a variety of ways: by default they are organized chronologically along the building’s five ramped galleries into five decades. within each structural bay between the supporting piers, the viewer can use an interactive device to reorganize a sampling of the collection by artist, by genre, by size, by color, etc.

 

‘lightcone’ ultimately attempts to further wright’s interests in exploring the plasticity of structure, the continuity of space, and ‘bringing the circle into the third and fourth dimension’, while integrating five decades of content from the guggenheim’s collection into the building’s spatial experience.

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

iwamotoscott architecture: lightcone

 

credits:

 

lightcone design and visualization: iwamotoscott architecture, san francisco, CA principals: craig scott , lisa iwamoto project team: stephanie lin, blake altshuler, ryan golenberg, magda melo

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