Benthem Crouwel Architects & Jólan van der Wiel
Architect bureau & Visual artist


Lightwaves from Benthem Crouwel Architects and Jólan van der Wiel is as unpredictable as the Dutch weather. When the wind touches the artwork that consists out of a veil of thousands of LED lights, it lights up, making an invisible natural force that is usually invisible, visible.

Benthem Crouwel Architects and van der Wiel were inspired by the sea sparkles that light up the Dutch shore. These single-cell marine dwelling animals cause an intriguing glow and it is exactly this bioluminescence that Lightwaves is based on.

The common discourse of natural phenomenon is that we have to protect ourselves against them. We use air-conditioning to protect ourselves from heat, use windshields to protect ourselves from hard wind and heating to protect ourselves from frost, for example. Lightwaves demonstrates that that natural phenomenon can be used in our favor to develop new forms of architecture that responds to its surroundings.

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