Silo 468, Helsinki

Urban regeneration project Silo 468 uses ‘environmentally interactive’ illuminations at a vast disused oil silo in Helsinki, Finland.

Designed by Tapio Rosenius of The Lighting Design Collective based in Madrid, the design uses 1250 white LEDs in tandem with moving steel mirrors, powered by the wind. It’s like a giant wind chime except the chimes are lights… kind of… This triggers endlessly variable light patterns in real time, which is better than any algorithm, no matter how good you think they are . And the effect is simply beautiful. Rosenius aimed to create a “sense of enduring fascination” by fusing the organic movements of nature and electricity. If he means “make people stare with their mouths hanging open”, then he’s cracked it. It puts my new Ikea desk lamp to shame.