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A Breeze Blows Light Right Through These Windows

A hypnotic installation let’s more light pass as wind speeds pick up.

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Inside buildings, you usually can’t feel or hear the wind. Its only presence lives in the leaves of the trees that you may or may not see out the window. Shade–a new installation by Simon Heijdens at London’s Now Gallery–features 1,500 square feet of windows made from responsive glass (the same stuff that can turn a glass conference room from clear to opaque in an instant). Shade senses the wind blowing outside, and responds by opening tiny triangles of light that seem to blow light in.

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Then at night, the phenomenon is reversed. Lighting from inside the building shines outward, turning the Now Gallery into an architectural visualization of the wind.

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[via Prosthetic Knowledge]

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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