Gates of Light (Retroreflective Architecture) by Daan Roosegaarde
2017 - 2018, Platinum A' Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Award Winner
The inspiration to use retroreflection came out of research on the reflections of light on butterfly wings. The retroreflective properties of butterflies served as inspiration for the work.
GATES OF LIGHT brings the monumental structures on the Afsluitdijk (legendary Dutch dike built in 1932) back to their former glory. In the dark, the architecture of these structures is illuminated by the headlamps of passing cars, reflecting the light through small prisms. If there are no cars on the road, the structures are not illuminated. This way of using light requires zero energy and does not contribute to light pollution.
Design Challenges
Daan Roosegaarde did not encounter any design challenges while designing the award winning Gates of Light Retroreflective Architecture.
Production Technology
Retroreflective prisms
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