The info booth pavilion at this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival is a gorgeous light installation in its own right. UNStudio designed the Eye_Beacon Pavilion in collaboration with MDT-tex, creating an attraction point that draws visitors with its hypnotic pulsating light.


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The project was inspired by the theme of the festival-biomimicry. Looking like a deep sea creature, the Amsterdam Light Festival Info Booth Pavilion employs bioluminescence as an attraction and communication mechanism. It comprises two cube volumes connected to one another by double curved surfaces that give it a more organic appearance.

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Two rotated lines of different lengths create the twisting surface, creating panels that required parametric optimization to achieve efficient fabrication and installation. Tensile textile modules create a pattern of openings and provide views of the interior space. Color gradients that sweep along the surface of the pavilion were achieved with the use of LED lights installed on the inside of the tensile structure.

+ UNStudio

+ MDT-tex

+ Amsterdam Light Festival

Photos by Janus van den Eijnden