Our contribution for the Russian pavilion at the Biennale of Architecture 2012

― 12 December 2012
Il nostro contributo per il padiglione Russo alla Biennale di Architettura 2012

1100 LLP Basic A jungle of codes to be disentangled with a tablet. This is what the Russian pavilion looks like, the most spectacular of the Biennale of Architecture 2012; “I-City,” said the jury that awarded it with a special mention – adopts a dialectical approach to the past, present and future of Russia and, in doing that, we all become digital spies. The jury was drawn to this magical mystery tour and seduced by its visual presentation. The installation uses the QR to present visitors with the master plan of the city of Skolkovo, not far from Moscow, where research centers, universities and residences will be built, designed by studios the likes of Herzon & De Meuron, SANAA and OMA. A titanic project that is put in opposition to the scientific research centers of the past, often hidden in secrecy, which visitors are invited to spy on, through circular holes that open on the back wall on the ground floor, as opposed to the latest QR-Codes upstairs, backlit with innovative systems offered by Flexlite.

For this important project, in collaboration with the studio Speech (Moscow) and ST Facade (Turin) we took care of the lighting, plant engineering, and design features as a whole.

On the first floor, the most challenging part of the project consisted of the construction of about 1100 LLP in various sizes, mounted on a steel structure, which served as a frame of the whole installation, the function of the various LLP panels was to backlight a series of QR-Codes in laser-carved metal, according to a precise pattern.

The LLP panels were connected and synchronized by 70 control units operated by a main controller for the management of the various scenarios, while parts of the Skolkovo project were reproduced at the entrance of the pavilion on a tablet, thanks to an app specifically designed for the event.

The layout of the ground floor is made up of about 1300 points of light that surround about 350 LLP, which light as many photographs representing the secret Russian city during the Cold War; a portal made of MDF, laser-carved and backlit, links the two rooms of the exhibition.