Liv-lit at KEPCO Building, Osaka

Touch the Light. KEPCO building responding to user interactions.

Touch the Light. KEPCO building responding to user interactions.

Liv-lit (Lighting as Live Reflector) is an interactive lighting system at the top of the Kansai Electric Power Company Building in Nakanoshima, Osaka, completed in December 2004.

The “Live Reflector” is a new concept in urban lighting that informs us about the surrounding environment in real time. The lights come on as the sun goes down, reflecting the actual movements of the wind.

In December 2005, an interactive feature was added, that reflects the movements of people: Touch the Light.

Touch the Light. Functional sketch.

Touch the Light. Functional sketch.

Ned Kahn

Ned Kahn’s wind installations are charming examples of analogue simplicity at architectural scale. Especially with recent discussions about energy consumption and efficiency of mediated facades, projects like the Technorama Facade (2002) or the Articulated Cloud (2004) still seem to be ahead of the time.