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Zaha Hadid Architects to present light mapping projection at Schlosslichtspiele Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has collaborated with leading digital artists and computer science researchers Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia, together with musician Max Cooper to create a mapping projection for the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival titled ‘Behaviour Morphe’.

The Schlosslichtspiele Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany presents a programme of spectacular light mapping projections on the 170m façade of the city’s Baroque castle.

Exploring new forms of architecture, the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele connects digital spatial concepts with the 18th century masonry of the castle to research how living spaces can be designed in the future.

ZHA’s projection showcases the latest digital spatial simulation tools the practice applies in the comprehensive analysis and planning of its architecture, and looks further ahead to concepts of spatial design of the future.

The projection on the castle’s façade reveals its interiors as digital laboratories of human behavioural simulation, demonstrating the circulation and congregation of digital actors programmed with artificial intelligence that interact with the spaces of the castle and each other.

Patrik Schumacher, ZHA principal, explained: “Dynamic new virtual spaces are defined by using real-time data to interpret the virtual actors’ interactions. These digital spaces are then explored with iterative growth systems that emulate the evolutionary process of nature, demonstrating the potential of metamorphic simulations and digital morphogenetics.

"As an architectural interpretation, the projection outlines ZHA’s Computational Design (CODE) research group’s work in these iterative systems of development."

Other architects presenting at this year’s festival include Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, as well as Greg Lynn.

The Schlosslichtspiele Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany opens on 3rd August until 10th September 2017.


‘Behaviour Morphe’ trailer video

Schlosslichtspiele Festival


Project Team:

Architectural Design, Curation, Design Lead: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
ZHA Principal: Patrik Schumacher 
ZHA Project Director, ZHVR Group: Helmut Kinzler 
ZHA CODE Director: Shajay Bhooshan
ZHA CODE Team: Filippo Nassetti, Marko Margeta, Vishu Bhooshan, Tommaso Casucci

Morphogenetic Creations: Andy Lomas (Digital Artist and Computer Science)
Crowd Simulation and Behavioural Agents: Mubbasir Kapadia (Digital Artist and Computer Science) with Fernando Geraci and Samuel S. Sohn
Compositing and Production: DSG (Dragos Stefan, Vlad Pascanu and Alex Stoica)

Music Soundtrack: Max Cooper:

“Voyage Through the Analogue Womb"
Written and performed by Max Cooper
Published by Manners McDade Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Believe Digital.

"Behaviour Morph”
Written and performed by Max Cooper
Published by Manners McDade Music Publishing Ltd.