The Tower of Sparkle

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Location
Munich, Germany
Year
2017
Architects
Steidle Architekten

The „Long Night of Architecture“ is an annual event in Munich, with architect‘s practices to visit, new buildings open for the public, conferences and other events related to architecture.

The „HighRise one“ project is a tower with 17 floors, for office use, and prior to the completion the designers have been approached by the architects and bulding owners to create a lighting idea for the night of January 19, 2017. Already cladded with a facade, but empty and raw inside, the tower offerd an ideal spatial basis to implement something special, both for the „long night“ and for PR-related activities to market the building.

The idea was to fill the tower with light, so that the entire structure sparkles and appears like filled with mineral water. 48 synchronized, rotating disco balls
turn the building into an urban lighting sculpture. Mounted with simple hooks, four of them float above each floor in order to see their shimmering reflections on the ceiling slabs which charakterize the sensation from the main street level perspectives.
The dynamic interaction of various levels one above the other transforms the empty shell of the „HighRise one“ into a magical, temporary lighting experience
for both passers-by and „Lange Nacht“ visitors.

Client
Reiss & Co. Real Estate, Munich

Size
7200 sqm

Co-operation partner
Steidle Architekten, Munich

Lighting design
Pfarré Lighting Design, Munich

Lighting equipment
Georg Veit Lichtdesign, Munich

Movie
Felix Hentschel, Markus Valley
Vogl & Hentschel Filmatelier GbR

Photography
Andreas J. Focke
Laurin 18 Fotostudio

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