[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] Lightwave is a new interactive light façade fixed to the outside of the Brixton Recreation Centre
Part of the cladding system proudly displays an 8m tall Brixton sign to the public, but at dusk the sculpture comes alive, the thousands of multicolour LED lights illuminating the piece, reflecting the activities and movement of people within the centre. When the swimming pool is busy, blues and greens splash playfully over the building while, during a 5-a-side football match in the sports hall, white streaks zip across a dynamic multicoloured background.
Lightwave is customizable and interactive: during the World Cup, for example, viewers could influence the façade by sending text messages to the building to show support for their team. Fans would simply text the name of their country to the building and their nation’s colours would be displayed for the whole of Brixton to see.
During the world cup the audience could further influence the façade by sending text messages to the building to show support for their team in the World Cup? Fans would simply text the name of their country to the building and their nations colours would be patriotically display for the whole of Brixton to see.
Videos of Lightwave in action can be seen at:
Start on site date February 2010
Form of contract and/or procurement Bespoke Local Authority contract won through competitive tender
Total cost £150,000
Client London Borough of Lambeth and GLL
Architects Amenity Space
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Software programming Diceworks
Main contractor AHI Ltd