estudio guto requena's interactive light creature façade for WZ jardins estudio guto requena's interactive light creature façade for WZ jardins
jul 03, 2015

estudio guto requena's interactive light creature façade for WZ jardins





estudio guto requena’s interactive light creature façade for WZ jardins
images courtesy of guto requena
above photo: andré klotz




the forty year old façade of hotel WZ jardins in são paulo, brazil has been recently renovated by estudio guto requena. half urban art, the sheet metal exterior was designed to integrate the surrounding area both during the day and throughout the night. an urban camouflage of sorts, the edifice is covered with pixelated blocks of blue, gray and gold. the palette was created with the help of a computer program that recorded and analyzed on-site ambient noise over a 24 hour period.

air quality color chart




then, using the gathered data and its corresponding high points and low points, requena created visualizations representing morning, afternoon, evening, and night. the auditory timeline was then theoretically wrapped in a spiral around the building in its entirety. peak levels are gold, slightly quieter is navy blue, almost silent is light blue, and complete lack of noise is a muted grey.

estudio guto requena light creature façade WZ jardins brazil designboom
at night, frequently changing air pollution levels are represented on the building 
photo by andré klotz




at dusk, the ‘light creature’ comes alive. embedded in the metal skin, is 200 strips of low energy LED lights that create an interactive dynamic between the city, its inhabitants, and the hotel. the so-called creature behaves autonomously, reacting in realtime to environmental stimuli and people. ambient noise picked up through on-site microphones directly affects the form and motion of the fluid façade.

light blues and greens represent good air quality 
photo by ayla hibri 




also included in the three-point tier of interaction, is air quality measurement. using in situ sensors, the building is able to change colors minute-by-minute to reflect local air quality. pollutants hurt the creature, and is depicted through warm fiery tones such as deep reds and oranges. when conditions take a turn for the better, cooler blue and green hues appear. a mobile app further allows the public to interact with the ‘light creature’. using touch and voice, the screen and microphone transmit data which registers on the jardins’ façade. 

façade detail 
photo by ayla hibri


video courtesy of guto requena 


estudio guto requena light creature façade WZ jardins brazil designboom



nighttime concept breakdown 

estudio guto requena light creature façade WZ jardins brazil designboom
guto requena demonstrating app 
photo by ayla hibri

estudio guto requena light creature façade WZ jardins brazil designboom
day time façade  



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edited by: nick brink | designboom 

  • Good intellectual concept that leads to an ugly facade during the day. Night is good and allowing popular interaction is nice to see in action.

    Todd Friedlander says:

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