Halo is a Kaleidoscopic Pavillion With Changing Perceptions

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Google’s Mountain View headquarters is noteworthy for many reasons, but HaloThe design is visually pleasing. Designed by SOFTlab, the commissioned public artwork pulls inspiration from an unexpected source – pavilions found in Romantic English Gardens. Halo is visible from its hilltop location and can be enjoyed by the surrounding roads.

Halo’s interior kaleidoscope can be seen as the game is approached. Halo is a pavilion that has no front or rear. The interior structure is dichroic acrylic and the exterior is vertical aluminum tubes. The stark difference between the two is incredible. Visitors will feel like they have entered a geode.

SOFTlab works with ARUP’sNew York office to handle the engineering, and all accompanying details. The prismatic exterior is composed of more than 1,400 lengths anodized matte aluminum tubing. The upper portion of the tubes, which is laser cut to frame the arches, contains 300 LED fixtures. Programmed using a generative atmospheric animation that mimics cloud movement, the animation appears to dissipate from the top of the Halo’s interior through perforations on the surface of the tubes when lit.

During a daytime visit, you’ll experience sunlight coming through the top of the open pavilion as it bounces and reflects off of each iridescent facet onto everything that surrounds it. The dichroic acrylic pieces allow light and colors to shift, allowing a rainbow of spectrums to filter through depending on the angle you view them. When the panels are hit from the front, they turn orange, yellow, and green.

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

The LEDs shine through perforations at night to create a moving light constellation that filters through the inner structure. Now, the dichroic faces are lit from behind. This changes the spectrum into hues of purple, green, and blue. Standing further away, the light reflecting off the pavilion appears to be blowing like wind. The illumination falls in and out-of-focus as it soothes the viewers.

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

cylindrical public art sculpture with aluminum pipes and dichroic acrylic

Visit Halo to learn more. soft-lab.com.

Photography by Alan Tansey.

Kelly Beall, Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. Since she can remember, Pittsburgh-based writer Kelly Beall has been passionate about art and design. Her passions range from Fashion Plates to MoMA. She shares her favorite visual art finds with others, when she’s not out searching for it. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her on social media @designcrush.


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