Bar Code

January 6, 2018

Stratified glass light wall

The Bar Code project celebrates the vibrant and kaleidoscopic interplay between material and media. Designed by Höweler and Yoon Architecture, Bar Code is a site-specific, computer-controlled installation composed of stacked, backlit, low-iron glass. The CNC-water-jet-cut contour of the back edges produces an interior topography that is visible through the surface and glows when lit from the sides. The curved glass mass acts like a large lens, focusing and dissipating light based on its geometry. The low-iron glass is optically clearer than regular soda-lime float glass and allows for better light transmission and more accurate color rendition.

Höweler and Yoon designed the contoured back surface to form a continuous topography of concave and convex curves. To eliminate material waste, the designers calibrated the curves to use both sides of a single cut. The edge lighting occurs through an array of custom RGB LED elements mounted on a sliding armature. The LED matrix enables the mixing of colors and the individual control of each source. With this precisely controllable lighting array, users can generate a low-resolution image and create a catalog of behaviors based on color, light intensity, and speed. The result is an illuminated screen that utilizes the material depth and light-channeling properties of glass to create volumetric light, as opposed to a conventional surface-based display or direct light source.

Contact: Höweler and Yoon Architecture, LLP, Boston, MA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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