2016 | London, UK

Folded Light

ABOUT
’Folded Light’ is a 40-metre high integrated artwork across ten storeys, specifically designed for a slender void space in the new office development, where it serves as a strong visual connection between the lower ground floor and roof.

The artwork exploits the almost vertical angle of the light, enhancing the contrast in the light and shade. 3D-folded panels of varying sizes and different folding angles create a single continuous rippled surface that appears more compacted toward the bottom as if compressed by the weight of the form above. A vertical blade of dichroic glass bisects the entire wall and separates the light spectrum into two complementary halves, producing contrasting colours on either side of the space.

Natural light entering the void space can be enhanced and supplemented by artificial lighting, when required. Cool white light sources from above mimic daylight, while a full range of colours from below increases the dramatic impact of the artwork. Side-lighting at each floor level picks out the colour in the dichroic-coated glass.

The void, which serves to vent the air-handling plant in the basement of the building as well as to bring daylight into the centre of the office floors – is open to the elements at the top and therefore the artwork is required to be robust and relatively easy to clean.

Manufactured from pattern-rolled stainless steel, ’Folded Light’ is an asymmetrical arrangement of 47 individual, mostly triangular panels. The material was chosen because of its durability and particular surface texture, which distributes light with minimum glare.

 

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Photos: Timothy Soar

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Location

8 Finsbury Circus
London UK

Lead Design

Carpenter | Lowings

Client

Stanhope PLC, London, UK
on behalf of Mitsubishi Estate Ltd, London, UK

Collaborators

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London, UK
(Building Architect)
Lendlease, UK (Project Managment)
Tuchschmid Constructa AG, Switzerland
with PAD Contracts Ltd, UK
(Fabrication & Installation)
EQ2 Light, UK (Lighting Consultant)

Date

2013 - 2016

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