Cloud 9 Habitat Hotel

As the interactive lighting consultant, James worked on a working scale model for The Habitat Hotel, by architect Enric Ruiz of Cloud 9 Architecture.The hotel consists of a building with an 'energy mesh' wrapped around it. This 'energy mesh' has individual nodes that collect the sun's energy during the day and at night gives off a specific color according to the amount of energy collected. The model's mesh consists of 500 tri-color LEDs controlled by a PIC microprocessor. Also imbedded in the model's mesh are photosensors which determine the brightness on them and give off a color according to the energy color scheme.

This model was created for the exhibition "New Spanish Architects" at the MoMA in New York, Feb 2006. This piece is now part of the MoMA's permanent collection.

 “The Habitat Hotel will be developed in the Barcelona area. It is a hotel with a light mesh that wraps the whole building. The light mesh has sensors that will read the daylight sun amplitude and then at night each node will give off color according to how much that node collected sun. Therefore, the mesh reflects the energy levels of each day, it will change over seasons and due to weather… The mesh itself is raised off the building and forms its own see-through structure. Also, each node is self-contained with it’s own sensor and LEDs, there is no central computer controlling the whole structure.” 


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