In collaboration with A49 architects, Lasvit has created a dynamically lit glass lighting sculpture titled Neurons. With variable lighting, the sculpture is programmed to respond to music, played in the Prince Mahidol Hall at the Mahidol University campus in Bangkok.
The building’s ribbed-beam structure is conceptually based upon the human skeleton as well as the ribs of a leaf. Lasvit enhanced this organic aesthetic with their reference to neurons and sensory experiences.
The sculpture uses advanced LED bulbs inside hand-made artistic glass components to create an illusion of movement controlled by a musical performance that brings the installation to life.
Lasvit designer Jana Růžičková explains the design concept: “The design is directly inspired by the motto of the Mahidol University – the Wisdom of the Land. Our goal was to deliver a timeless design that would fit into the building’s contemporary Thai architecture. The individual elements of the installation resemble neurons that carry our sensory information. Just as universities are the bearing points of progress, education and enlightenment wherever they exist in the world, a neuron is a carrier of information, thoughts and light within a human body.”
Prince Mahidol Hall was completed in 2014. The architects referenced organic structures as well as the pitch form often found in traditional Thai architecture. The double-layer roof is designed to eliminate exterior noise, while the lobby and corridors along the exterior glazed walls provide views.