Paris-based 1024 Architecture has constructed a huge, vortex-like wooden sculpture for the Darwin Ecosystem Project green building in Bordeaux, France. This interactive sculpture made from raw wood is illuminated by 12 lines of LEDs that react to the trembling of the footbridge around which it is wrapped. The illuminated tubes also displays the location’s energy consumption.
Vortex embraces a footbridge connecting two buildings within the complex in Bordeaux. Scaffolding and raw wooden pieces were wrapped around the footbridge, and the sculpture evolves like a living organism, while emitting light created using 1024 Architecture’s own MadMapper software. The lighting can be synchronized to music and also displays the complex’s energy consumption through a series of illuminated tubes. These were introduced to capture the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s energy consumption footprint, converting it into data that creates real-time visuals.
The Darwin Ecosystem Project transformed an old barracks in Bordeaux into a sustainable business hub in 2012. The Vortex sculpture epitomizes this concept and provides a unique experience and a powerful focus point within the complex.