- Vortex, light sculpture and installation by 1024 architecture
The Darwin Ecosystem green building in Bordeaux, France is the brainchild of Think Tank Evolution, a subsidiary of INOXIA, a pioneering consultancy company in the web and responsible communication fields. Two former industrial buildings were reclaimed and refurbished and now host a variety of activities, including co-working spaces, a skate park, a restaurant and even a city kitchen garden.
VORTEX is an architectural, sculptural and light installation designed by French firm 1024 architecture, and it has come to symbolise this new urban reality; it is like a living, breathing organism made from untreated wood boards and new technologies, with twelve rows of LEDs wrapping around the wood and embracing the footbridge between the two buildings.
These lines represent the flow of data produced and used by Darwin Eco-Système, a reference to the large beating network, the arteries of our global and digital communication.
VORTEX breathes, trembles and pumps. 1024 architecture developed the Mad Mapper software that can be used to control the pulses of light with a joystick so the whole installation beats in time to the music and it can even display the energy consumption: a great example of integrated sculpture, music and IT technology, characteristic of our times.
The project’s intrinsic dynamic can be seen in all its beauty in the videos made at the inauguration.
Conception: 1024 architecture (Pierre SCHNEIDER / François WUNSCHEL / Nicolo MERLIN)
Construction: LAYHER (Scaffolding) / Bureau BAROQUE (Wood VORTEX) / Neon Flexible (NEON Lines) / E.G.C.I (Electricity)
Production: DARWIN ecosystem
Type: Art installation
Images: Courtesy of 1024 architecture, E. Gabily et 1024 architecture