Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow), which opens Thursday [Dec 17 2015], must already rank as one of the world’s most extraordinary buildings. But once the public starts to visit this weekend, it may soon also become known for one of the planet’s most powerful arguments for sustainability.

Mixing science and art, the 230m reais (£40m/$59m) institution devotes itself to a topic that is divisive and often depressing: the need for change if mankind is to avoid climate disaster, environmental degradation and social collapse.

Murmuration Chandelier by Harvey & John at The Collective HQ (London, England)

Murmuration Chandelier from Harvey & John on Vimeo.

The Collective HQ
14 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3JA

Commissioned by innovative property company, The Collective, designers Harvey & John have unveiled the Murmuration Chandelier; a kinetic lighting sculpture inspired by the murmuration of starlings. Spanning over 5m, it sits as a permanent installation of The Collective’s HQ at 14 Bedford Square.

Brighton based design studio Harvey & John created the breath-taking chandelier inspired by the spectacle at Brighton’s seafront every autumn evening before dusk – a murmuration of Starlings.

“Why a murmuration?” commented Harvey & John, “First and foremost it’s a beautiful sight, but the analogy of lots of individuals coming together to make something beautiful married nicely with The Collective’s ethos (of creating communities) and the space in Bedford Square.”

“When you look at a murmuration, the birds can seem randomly scattered across the sky – but then in a moment they align to make a beautiful shape and pattern. Like a murmuration, the chandelier fleets in and out from seeming disorder to precise patterns and shapes – a mesmerising spectacle in its own right!”

The piece consists of 20 rings that taper in diameter, finished with patinated steel to produce a textured gunmetal exterior and a light reflecting brushed steel on the inside. Abstract starling shapes are laser cut from each ring that all align at a certain point in its spiralling sequence.

From below, the piece resembles a spirograph in motion, aligning to make mesmerising concentric patterns. The chandelier spans over 5 meters across 3 floors. Each ring has its own counterweight, which allows the piece to be in perfect balance whatever the shape it is in. Each ring also has its own micro-controller and motor, the further down the sculpture, the faster the rotation. The kinetic sculpture can also be controlled by an App to change the colour, speed and direction of movement.

Henn-na Hotel at Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan)

The Huis Ten Bosch amusement park was opened in 1992 as an “Eco-Friendly Future City.” Fully outfitted with numerous environmentally friendly features, such as a system for waste recycling and various contrivances to conserve water and electricity, the park strives to this day to protect natural ecosystems.

And so, we knew that if we were going to open a new hotel at Huis Ten Bosch, it would need to have environmentally friendly buildings and facilities. At the same time, we also wanted to create a hotel featuring contrivances to provide a comfortable, even fun stay at a reasonable price. In order to make all of this possible, we strive to achieve “The Ultimate in Efficiency.”

After taking a fresh look at each of the services and facilities that are commonplace in conventional hotels, we settled on an idea for a completely new kind of hotel. Pioneering the use of advanced technology, this hotel would be the world’s first to be staffed by robots.

The eCLOUD at San Jose International Airport (San Jose, California)

The eCLOUD is a permanent art work installed between gates 22 and 23 at the San Jose International Airport, 1701 Airport Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110.

The eCLOUD is a dynamic sculpture inspired by the volume and behavior of an idealized cloud. Made from unique polycarbonate tiles that can fade between transparent and opaque states, its patterns are transformed periodically by real time weather from around the world. The eCLOUD was conceived and designed by Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas and Aaron Koblin and produced by UEBERSEE, an artist production platform specialized in the convergence of digital media with spatial experiences.

Mojo by Christian Moeller (San Pedro, California)

Mojo from Christian Moeller on Vimeo.

A robotic arm holding a theater spotlight shines a perfect circle of light onto the sidewalk following the passers-by with its light beam.

Mojo is located next to and its cameras are on top of the Centre Street Lofts. The “Robotic Light Installation” is best viisted at night so the full effect of the light beam can be experienced. A First Thursday night is an excellent time to view Mojo as part of a visit to San Pedro’s walkable Historic Waterfront and Arts District.

7th and Centre Sts
San Pedro, CA 90731

The Source by greyworld (London, England)

The Source (BBC News footage) from greyworld on Vimeo.

On Tuesday, 27th July [2004], Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth unveiled greyworld’s latest installation at the new London Stock Exchange, in the heart of the city of London.

The Source is formed from a grid of cables arranged in a square, 162 cables in all, reaching eight stories to the glass roof. Nine spheres are mounted on each cable and are free to move independently up and down its length. In essence the spheres act like animated pixels, able to model any shape in three dimensions a fluid, dynamic, three dimensional television.

Visitors to the atrium are greeted by this motion: its particles rising and falling, generating an infinite range of figurative and abstract shapes that rise, dissolve and reform at different heights in the atrium. The shape of the sun rising on a new day of trade, the names and positions of currently traded stocks, the DNA helix at the centre of life formed by the work, and floating in the 32m void of the atrium.

This complex and sophisticated installation is a microcosm of activity, a living reflection of market forces.

O (Omicron) – A permanent installation directed by Romain Tardy & Thomas Vaquié (Wroclaw, Poland)

O (Omicron) from Romain Tardy on Vimeo.

Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall)
Wystawowa 1, 51-618 Wrocław, Poland

Last year, we were approached to create our first permanent installation for the new museum of architecture of Hala Stulecia, in Wroclaw, Poland. The piece – that we called O (Omicron), is actually the last part of the visit, and a way to create a link between the rich history of the building and the present times, by turning this massive concrete structure into a lively architecture.

When opened, Hala Stulecia was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world. With a diameter of 65m it was home to the largest dome built since the Pantheon in Rome eighteen centuries earlier.

The Centennial Hall was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

It is reasonable to think that when Hala Stulecia was built in 1913 Max Berg’s ambition for his construction was to pass the test of time. What could have been his vision of the monument in the distant future? How did he imagine the olding of the materials? The evolution of the surrounding urbanism and populations?

The piece proposed for the Centennial Hall of Wroclaw is based around the notion of timelessness in architecture, and the idea of what future has meant throughout the 20th century.

LUMINOUS at Darling Quarter (Sydney, Australia)

LUMINOUS at Darling Quarter from aMBUSH Gallery on Vimeo.

Luminous at Darling Quarter, the world’s largest interactive light installation, inspires imaginations and instils awe. It illuminates Sydney, and invites you to come and play.

Constructed from 557 LED lights and possessing unique interactive capabilities, Luminous at Darling Quarter offers the Sydney community a breathtaking backdrop to their delight and a shimmering canvas through which to explore their curiosities. Overlooking Darling Harbour’s recently rejuvenated Darling Quarter, the digital facade represents the latest international benchmark in urban digital innovation, and will redefine the way we think of public art, play and communication.