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Eye Beacon
Eye Beacon
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Product description

The Eye-Beacon is designed to be self-supporting structure comprising more than three hundred modules. Each module has a unique shape and are made with powder-coated aluminium profiles and stainless steel corner elements.

The corners and profiles are precisely cut and CNC drilled to facilitate seamles connection with the neighbouring module. The metal frames are further filled with textile membrane, each requiring a unique form-finding. The pavilion is anchored to a sturdy steel framework which together with a wooden decking forms an elevated platform.

Total number of modules: 316
Number of unique modules: 85
Envelope area: 230 m²
Max. height of pavilion: 7.2 m
Max. width of pavilion: 8 m
Total length: 12.6 m
Area of platform: 65 m²
Max. height of platform: 50 cm

photo© Janus van den Eijnden


The inspiration for the design of the Amsterdam Light Festival info booth pavilion originated from the theme of this year’s festival, biomimicry: the imitation of natural phenomena for the purpose of solving complex human problems.

The design is specifically inspired by the deep sea world, where living organisms counteract the darkness of their environment by employing bioluminescence - often hypnotic pulsating light - as an attraction and communication mechanism. This magical vivid world formed the starting point for the sculptural, yet functional pavilion.

The Eye_Beacon serves as both an attraction point and a ticketing/information booth for people visiting the festival. Located on the western side of the ‘Blauwbrug’ bridge, next to the river Amstel.

MDT-tex designed 2D and 3D textile units which enable the twisting connection of the two cubes, resulting in a sculptural form strengthened by its components. All surfaces of the pavilion are constructed from tensile textile modules that together create a pattern of openings and reveal glimpses of the interior. MDT-tex’ facade system is already designed for the future use of lighting and water harvesting systems.

For the structure, two cube forms are connected to one another by twisting surfaces. This results in 316 panels with uneven dimensions and therefore required the parametric optimisation of these surfaces to ensure efficient fabrication and installation.

Focused LED projections present gradient color changes on the inside of the tensile structure, resulting in a constantly changing composition of light and color.

photo© Janus van den Eijnden