daan roosegaarde unravels a rainbow of light at amsterdam central station
 
daan roosegaarde unravels a rainbow of light at amsterdam central station daan roosegaarde unravels a rainbow of light at amsterdam central station
dec 12, 2014

daan roosegaarde unravels a rainbow of light at amsterdam central station

daan roosegaarde unravels a rainbow of light at amsterdam central station
all images © studio roosegaarde / pim hendriksen

 

 

 

amsterdam’s 125-year old central station now not only serves as platform for approximately 50 million travelers annually, but also offers commuters and passersby a vibrant, creative experience. dutch designer daan roosegaarde has opened a large-scale light artwork that arcs across the curvature of the semi-circular canopy, connecting the historic site with today’s innovative technologies. ‘rainbow station’ has been developed in collaboration with astronomers of the university of leiden, which together realized a lens projector that unravels light efficiently into a spectrum of colors. the liquid crystal technology — typically developed for research on exoplanets (planets orbiting stars other than the sun) — allows the series of hues to take the exact shape of the landmark’s 45-meter wide roof.


 

the installation can be visualized every day for one year, but only for a brief moment: within one hour after sunset, at the east side of the station. roosegaarde describes that the engaging artwork ‘creates a unique place for travelers, an experience you can not download.’

 

 


rainbow station by daan roosegaarde
video courtesy of

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
the series of hues to take the exact shape of the landmark’s 45-meter wide roof

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
the installation connects the historic site with today’s innovative technologies

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
the installation can be visualized every day for one year, but only for a brief moment: within one hour after sunset

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
a lens projector unravels light efficiently into a spectrum of colors

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
from the interior, a series of hues takes the exact shape of the landmark’s 45-meter wide roof

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
roosegaarde describes that the artwork ‘creates a unique place for travelers, an experience you can not download’

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station

daan roosegaarde opens rainbow station at amsterdam central station
a collaboration with astronomers of the university of leiden realized a lens projector that unravels light efficiently

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    503,126 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine