NANJING YOUTH OLYMPIC CENTER, Nanjing Jiangsu, China
Designers: Chiming Lin, Xin Tian, Ming Zhong, Yinting Huang, Tao Qu, Yaru Wang, Jinke Qian, Jianxin Li – Brandston Partnership Inc.
Photos: Fang Jia, Ming Zhong
The “Rising Ray” concept makes a bold statement and encourages potential Olympians to strive for success. The symbolic twin towers with their sophisticated façade design appear as a weaving ray toward the infinite sky. Sky beams have been added for special occasions to create an iconic and timeless image. In contrast, the sculptural base is lit with simple floodlights, forming a “still” base for the vibrant towers. Some 700,000 small LED fixtures—integrated with the perforated metal panel façade—are individually controlled to create the kinetic effects. A special channel housing both LEDs and wiring can be easily mounted onto the perforation so there is no visual obstacle. In order to control the enormous number of LED fixtures, an intelligent control system using an Internet platform was installed to achieve the seamless lighting movement, energy savings and real-time monitoring. As a result, the cost for electricity is only $120 per night during normal operation. Nearby, flood lighting on the structural rings of a footbridge guides people into the venue. Finally, an adjacent administration building with special façade patterns is backlit to create an image of the planet to echo the Olympic spirit.
Judges say..."It's a powerful and sensitive application of light on a façade.