NAME: Silo 468
AUTHOR: LDC, Lighting Design Collective, a company from Madrid.
DESCRIPTION: To celebrate the nomination of Helsinki as the 2012 World Design Capital, an old oil silo located on the waterfront of the Finnish capital was turned into a urban light installation. During the day, 2012 holes perforated on the steel structure let the light create moving shadows on the bright red interior. At night, 1250 LEDs mounted on the outside illuminate the surroundings. A custom software monitors the prevailing winds of the area and translate them into light patterns, uniting the massive construction with its environnement.
AMUSEMENT RATE: Industrial structures are too often neglected even when they have amazing architectural qualities. The wind, the sun and the sea are naturally associated with the massive building through a clever use of technology. It is no surprise that Helsinki was nominated World Design Capital when you come across project like this one.