Kinetura strikes again! The former project presented on KineticArchitecture.Net called the Kinetower did gain international recognition in many blogs and articles. Resulting a highly interesting debate about kinetic architecture itself. What have seemed at first just as s futuristic mind-bending project, is now given reality through transformable lighting fixtures. Here at KineticArchitecture.Net we got invited to see the lighting fixtures in reality at the architectural studio of Kinetura. These first lighting models designed by Kinetura are very impressive and show a glance how fascinating kinetic architecture can be.
The Architects and Designers Xaveer Claerhout and Barbara Van Biervliet believe that objects and architecture should have the ability to transform in a physical way, depending on the needs of the moment, by using the flexibility of specific materials. The metamorphic lighting fixtures and physically transformable architecture bring artificial and natural light closer together.
Light and energy can be captured, controlled and used, according to the needs of the moment.
“…The metamorphic lighting fixtures and physically transformable architecture bring artificial and natural light closer together. ..”
These first lighting models designed by Kinetura, are being manufactured and commercialized by TAL under the name Glowmotion ( www.glowmotion.net ). TAL is a trendsetting Belgian company in high-end lighting instruments.
Recently the Santiago model received the prestigious IF Product Design Award 2011 and shortly after that also the Red dot award 2011. Also the Kinetura lamps were exhibited at Euroluce 2011 in Milan, Italy, one of the worlds leading lighting fairs.
The 4 models in the TAL-range have names after important cities in the world :
The SANTIAGO lighting fixture can be seamlessly integrated into wall and ceiling: architecture in its purest form, without distraction of lighting fixtures.
When little light is required, a minimal graphic line glows.
On a next level the lamp slowly bends inwards and abundant light sensually caresses wall or ceiling. The colored interior of the fixture heightens the experience.
Light and Architecture become one.
The TOKYO wall-integrated lamp serves as an orientation light with a double layer. It is transformable from being just a graphic colored glowing line into a more abundant light experience.
When more light is wanted the Tokyo lamp slowly bends backwards.
Light as a rising sun.
The SHANGHAI lamp slowly metamorphoses from a cylindrical shape into a Chinese lantern and back. This transformation can be interactive with passers-by.
Depending on the need, light can be emitted up- and downwards or spread around.
The shape and light patterns continuously change the surrounding space in a subtle, nearly imperceptible way.
The Shanghai lamp is a large pendant lamp, that also exists in a free-standing version.
The NEW YORK lamp slowly changes from a closed architectural beam shape into an open and sensual form.
Oppositions become innate properties of one object:
conceal versus reveal,
male versus female,
rational versus emotional…
The New York lamp is a free-standing lamp that can change the atmosphere by physically transforming its shape and thus its light-effect.
images courtesy of kinetura
The essence of the Kinetura lighting concept is hard to capture in static pictures. The slow transformation is vital for the experience and this of course you have to feel in reality. The following video illustrates the movement of the kinetic design in a very special way.
Short Videos of models:
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