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Monday, April 28, 2008

"project or" is a photoreactive architectural vortex

Project OR was shown at this year's Milan International Furniture Fair, and its got some of the coolest technology behind it. As a design piece, it's dynamic--though the picture above shows it as a vibrant ocean-blue, this thing actually changes depending on the amount of daylight.
"The polygonal segments of the surface react to ultra-violet light, mapping the position and intensity of solar rays. When in the shade, the segments of OR are translucent white. However, when hit by sunlight they become coloured, flooding the space below with different hues of light. At night, OR transforms into an enormous 'chandelier', disseminating light into the surrounding courtyard, an atmospheric space for events and gatherings."
What's doubly impressive is that this is the first time that photoreactive technology has been used on an architectural scale. Designed by Ran Ankori, Francesco Brenta, Maya Carni, Christoph Klemmt, Laura Micalizzi and Elisa Oddone, Project OR is an important step towards implementation of the technology on furniture and other design pieces.

(Found via ego technique)

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