Time based architectural lighting proposal for Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion 2017

TEM were invited to propose a lighting treatment for Diébédo Francis Kéré's pavilion opening. The pavilion design is an abstraction of a tree, structurally and functionally. We wanted to emphasize the dynamic shadowing in the interior of the pavilion by simulating the passage of time through the rotational movement of point lights around the circumference of the pavilion. The tracked lights would alter colour temperature and throw shadows that closely resembled the transition of the sun. From a human perspective, we're not used to seeing sun-like shadows transitioning quickly over areas as they are so intimately tied to our perception of the passing of time. To play with this built in expectation and the feeling of the passage of time was our goal here.