Studio Drift

Shylight

The project

This moving light installation, designed by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta (Studio Drift), combines nature and technology poetically. Light tumbles from its cocoon, unfolds and glides down thanks to a system of refined technology. The calyxes are made from silk; ingenious robotics move the Shylight up and down continuously. The installation was purchased by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Committee

Studio Drift lifts lighting to a higher plane with a fascinating interaction of technology and nature. The choreography of unfolding flowers flows seamlessly into the context of the Rijksmuseum and forms an aesthetic dance that has been made accessible for a wide public. A design that leaves a lasting impression. The committee emphasizes that the design has been shortlisted in part because of the interaction between the Shylight and the Rijksmuseum.

— A fascinating interaction of technology and nature.