light sculpture 'Constellations' meanders through Byzantium, a residential building by Rem Koolhaas in Amsterdam
The owners association of 'Byzantium', the first residential building by Rem Koolhaas at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, commissioned Studio Stallinga to create a light sculpture installation throughout their entire building. The light installation meanders throughout all floors, hallways and staircases.
Monumental large circles floating in the main entrances blend into the curved lines that are reflected in the glass windows and highly polished granite flooring. Through the glass walls it is sometimes hard to identify which light curves are real and which are solely reflections, giving these spaces an extra dimension
Byzantium by Rem Koolhaas, OMA
This first residential building by Rem Koolhaas is characterized by its use of multiple materials and forms: they oppose and contrast throughout the building. Green marble contrasts with walls made from ruby-red granite. Cold stainless steel surfaces juxtaposes warm wooden hallways with a pinkish highly polished granite. Rectangular shapes oppose round or slightly triangular areas.
The light sculpture is incorporated throughout the entire building, from the grand main entrance to the garage, and from its broad hallways to the stairwells. In doing so it literally connects all the spaces within the building. Following the key-concept of the architecture, its contrasting and colliding of material and form, the light sculpture with its own composition, form and material, becomes an extra contrast within the architecture and therefor an integral part of the construction.