In 2010, we programmed a 2,800 square foot media display that covered the facade of the prestigious Zeilgalerie. The project was part of an effort to revitalize the shopping mall situated in the city center of Frankfurt. The display was based entirely on generative visuals and produces a multitude of aesthetic atmospheres. The static architectural specifications of our client, 3deluxe, called for the display to convey minimalism, elegance, and an organic flow, which was clearly addressed by our auto-active animations.
defining a new future
projecting the identity
The building, inaugurated in 1992 as the shopping mall “Les Facettes”, had always been considered an experimental building for cross-disciplinary encounters. It had featured Frankfurt’s first media facade, designed by media artist Christian Möller.
When redesigning the building, the Wiesbaden design agency 3deluxe was keen on preserving the architectural identity of the building. The most significant feature of the renovation was the complex composition of dynamic lighting on the tripartite facade.
The attractive geometrically constructed grid alludes to the original contours of the historic facade.
Dynamic light ballett
Dynamic light ballet Transforming a graphical design into an animation framework
We were the creative media designers responsible for the aesthetic quality of the LED data feed. Our point of departure was the static facade design by 3deluxe. It was based on the design principles of multi-layering and geometrical ornamentation. When translating these elements into moving animation, we combined organic, softly pulsating surfaces and super fast accentuated lines.
This overlap of elegant large-format effect and fast micro-animation produced attractive patterns of considerable visual depth. We created a multitude of generative scenes that convey calm but fascinate with an occasional surprise.
Our intelligent playout scheduler provided continuous, uninterrupted media displays.
The holistic combination of all involved lighting elements formed a system, which created a unique urban atmosphere on one of the busiest shopping streets in Germany.
Bespoke media system
Mapping the complex layout of 60.000 LEDs
Behind the scenes
Frankfurt business life cycle in time-lapse: The old media facade is replaced by the new one in 2010. And the refurbished building gets torn down in 2015.
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MESO Digital Interiors GmbH
Gutleutstr. 96 . 60329 Frankfurt . Germany
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