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Zaha Hadid Architects Bathes a German Palace in Light

Classical architecture meets contemporary technology.

Having been shortlisted for the World Building of the Year Award 2017 back in July, Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed a new — and somewhat less concrete — work in Karlsruhe, Germany. Part of the city’s future-facing Schlosslichtspiele Festival, “Behaviour Morphe” projects an impressive light display onto the 170-meter-long frontage of an imposing Baroque palace. Based on real-time data, the light projections were designed to interact with and react to the building’s unique architecture.

The project was created as a collaboration between ZHA’s Computational Design research group and composer Max Cooper, who explains, “ZHA’s ideas and work fit well with my musical approach, being based on human/machine boundaries,” with the architecture firm adding that “The projection on the castle’s façade reveals its interiors as digital laboratories of human behavioural simulation, demonstrating the circulation and congregation of digital actors programmed with artificial intelligence that interact with the spaces of the castle and each other.”

Take a look at “Behaviour Morphe” in action in the video above and, if you’re in the mood for more illuminated installations, check out Flynn Talbot’s transformation of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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