City of Milan, 2000

Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Visualization © Agence Michel Tortel
Architects
Agence Michel Tortel
Cost
1M - 100M
Stories
Undisclosed

Urban light beacon. Reminiscent of the DNA molecule, the arch plays with light, standing defiantly against time through its simplicity and vertiginous proportions. Designed as a costume whose high-tech fabric allows daring architectural statements, this semi-translucent, semi-mirrored object invites us to reflect on the real.

By day, diffraction of light gives an impression of movement that changes as the angle of viewing shifts. By night, the arch partly disappears, becoming a treasure-chest of light. As the sun sets, spotlights play over the arch’s uprights. The strength of the light changes, randomly, with each pass. Once night has fallen, the sun seems to rise again: first red, then yellow, then white. The “virtual sun” moves out of the frame after an hour, returning before dawn the following morning.

2nd place, international architectural competition

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Other Projects by Agence Michel Tortel

Alura Urban Lighting, 1996
Bora Urban Lighting, 2008
Falco Urban Lighting, 2009
Focal Urban Lighting, 2000
Furyo Urban Lighting, 2006
Senso Urban Lighting, 2010