ESI Design "Sensing Change" in Chicago

ESI Design "Sensing Change" in Chicago

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151 N Franklin bills their new 35-story tower in downtown Chicago as a “next-generation workplace.” To help achieve this goal, they asked ESI Design (New York) to create a digital experience for the building’s second floor terrace—complete with imposing concrete wall—that would make the space feel more open and organic.

The result is a peaceful and reflective experience that draws its inspiration from the natural world, in the heart of the concrete jungle: "Sensing Change," a dynamic light installation, creates a warmer, more welcoming environment both during the day and at night. The LED trellis formed from brushed metal fins and vertical light bars creates a textured structure that will support the anticipated ivy growth on the wall. Together, the trellis and vines will create a unique juxtaposition of technology and nature: The design feels organic and contemplative, evoking the same active-yet-calm feeling of dappled light through trees.

The light installation features two different media modes that can be enjoyed on the terrace, as well as from the building’s upper floors. The "Living Wall" mode reacts to local weather data, calling to mind the effects that sun, temperature and precipitation have on plant life and ensuring the animations stay fresh and interesting over time. The "Special Event" mode allows the building management to program specific color patterns and animation styles for Chicago’s celebration of holidays and local events. 

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