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The most recent of Architects of Air’s army of luminariums, Miracoco displays how the designers have fine tuned their skills by learning from their previous projects. Designed by Alan Parkinson, a former sculptor, each is an inflatable maze of geometry, a fusion of  dodecahedron domes and connecting tunnels. The designers first meticulously hand-cut sheets of PVC in their Nottingham workshop into varying angular pieces. The pieces are then fitted with zippers, inflated, and then installed with colored lights. The PVC reflects each colored light source, creating a color field of orange, red, and purple in the cavernous space. Visitors can explore the glowing tunnels, which change intensity and hue based on the outdoor weather, daylight, and even how visitors interact within the space.

Miracoco has the largest central dome that AOA has built to date, based on the Lotus Temple of India. Each voluminous structure spans around 3,280 square feet, and is 32 feet high at the highest points. A central dome branches into many tunnels, which lead to smaller rooms, as well as cozy pods made for laying back and contemplating.

The luminariums can be used to host concerts, lectures and other special events. Installed in around four hours, they pack up compactly, using little resources for shipping a structure of its size. Miracoco, which debuted in France this past July, will open on August 26th at the Aarhus Festival in Denmark, where it will remain until September 4th, 2011.

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Via Frame Mag