Designer Iker Gil and Luftwerk have projected a grid of red lasers across Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth Home to highlight the building’s geometric type and its history.
The installation is the second iteration of the Geometry of Light laser-show made by Mas Studio’s Gil and Luftwerk, which was previously installed at the Barcelona Pavilion.
Its designers hope that the geometric lighting, along with a sound piece by Barcelona-primarily based sound designer Oriol Tarragó, will assistance individuals realize the building’s partnership to its internet site in Plano, Illinois.
“With each other these components give a new interpretation of the Farnsworth Home and its extraordinary place,” Gil told Dezeen.
“The intervention uncovers the forgotten history of the internet site and remnants of earlier landscapes by revealing the underlying geometries that relate the structure of the residence to its river floodplain, internet site topography, and crucial trees that no longer exist.”
Each and every of the lasers, which illuminated the residence for 3 days early this month as component of the installation that coincided with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, was situated to show the house’s structure.
They are also placed to draw interest to 3 trees that have been previously situated on the internet site and the levels of 5 floods that have reached the residence, which is constructed inside the Fox River floodplain.
“The installation highlights the structural components that define the modules of the inside of the residence, the terrace, the platforms…and it aids to realize these components in partnership to its surroundings,” explained Gil.
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“It is a way to look at these components that are invisible but that have shaped the history of the residence, from the trees that no longer exist to the flooding levels that challenge its preservation,” he continued.
All through the installation the lasers have been turned on in various combinations to highlight person components that can be really hard to appreciate when you can see the entire residence.
For instance only horizontal lights have been applied to show the house’s partnership to the river and the flooding which occurred.
Gil hopes that the installation will enable individuals to appear at the nicely-recognized residence in a new way.
“All round, it is critical to realize that historic buildings like the Farnsworth Home can be constantly reinterpreted and nonetheless teach us quite a few lessons,” he stated. “They have been ahead of their time and we ought to continue to revisit and reinterpret them.”
Farnsworth Home was made by Van der Rohe as a 1-area vacation household for Edith Farnsworth in 1951. It is deemed a crucial instance of the International style and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
Set close to a river the residence has been flooded on a lot of occasions including in 1996, 1998 and 2008. In 2014 a proposal to raise the residence on hydraulic jacks to avoid additional flood harm was created, despite the fact that this has however to be implemented.
Photography is by Kate Joyce.