Greening the Void stretches the imagination

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Green Void, a new 19-metre tall installation gracing the space of Customs House, stretches the imagination as it freely suspends between walls, ceiling and floor of the atrium. It is the creation and vision of the design team, LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture), founded by award winning architect Chris Bosse, most famous for his work on the Watercube Swimming Centre in Beijing (PTW/Arup/CSCEC).

Green Void is made with lightweight stretch fabric using the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques, to create more with less. Inspired by the relationship between man, nature and technology, this site specific installation embraces and transforms the light within the 3000 cubic meters of atrium space using only a surface area of 300 square meters of fabric weighing just 40 kilos.

Green Void illustrates how the past and present can co-exist, and provides an intense visual contrast to the beautifully restored heritage interior of Customs House. The whole installation is immersed in a soundscape, by sound artist David Chesworth, who creates a ‘digital rainforest’.

Green Void is supported by twelve video screens showcasing the architectural visionary work of LAVA and incorporates the latest 3D screen technology by Peter Murphy, no goggles required!

Rob Runko, managing director of Showtime Productions, was asked to light the installation and he immediately recommended the GLP Impression which offers amazing output through the use of high powered LED’s, plus styled housing and extreme pan and tilt speed. As a result four white GLP Impressions were installed.

”The GLP Impression offer great output for their size,” remarked Rob. “The client was very aesthetically concerned of any cumbersome, big fixture but the Impressions are neat and the colour white helps them blend into the building structure. It was also important that the product was green, as in environmentally friendly, and has low power consumption.”

According to Rob other factors in the Impression’s favour are low maintenance, cost effectiveness and their pivoting range of 660° pan and 300° tilt. A complete 660° Pan pivoting move is racy quick and just need two seconds.

Images by Peter Murphy