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L I G H T P O RTAL R E FR ACTIONS View at the tunnel of the anodized aluminum fins with their reflective elements. Full scale mock-up. LUMINOUS GLASS BRIDGE Marin County | California | 1987 The diffused glass bridge deck captures the images reflected off the river’s surface. This cross section of the bridge shows the minimal profile achieved by the use of post-tensioned glass planks and thin trusses inspired by the engineering work of Robert Le Ricolais. The Luminous Glass Bridge was designed as a conceptual project for a private client.
MOIRÉ STAIR TOWER Bonn | Germany | 1999 – 2002 Located along the Rhine River in Bonn, Germany, the new Deutsche Post headquarters is divided into two distinct elements: the 240m (787 foot) high office tower and the three story base building with a grid shell roof. James Carpenter Design Associates was asked to design a stair tower for the vertical circulation volume integrated inside the base building. Carpenter and his team, led by senior designer Richard Kress, focused on the relationship of the stair to the river and adjoining park, to create a stair that would act as a viewing platform, layering views of the surrounding landscape with their reflections as well as the optical effects created by the patterns and their reflections.
View looking down from the top of the stairs. Section showing the location of the Moiré Glass Tower in the Deutsche Post base building. The Moiré Stair Tower’s original concept as a scrim-like tower was further developed, through material studies and models. Color was explored to clearly identify the stair tower’s critical circulation function. JCDA studied the possibilities of using a mirror pattern facing outwards to capture the surrounding landscape and intense blue on the reverse to suggest both the sky and the landscape in the surface.