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Architect Recreates Arctic Optical Phenomenon With Swarovski Crystals

A pavilion offers visitors the chance to see a similar effect of the rare, naturally occurring light rings.

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on December 6, 2012. @DavePinter

Swarovski Crystal Palace partnered with architect Asif Khan on an installation at Design Miami 2012 called Parhelia. The pavilion allows visitors in sunny and warm Miami to experience a rare arctic optical phenomenon with the same name. Parhelia is a series of halo rings around the sun created when light shines through ice crystals.

Khan created a series of panel containing a total of 1.3 million Swarovski crystals. The panels were assembled on to a structure which visitors can walk around and step inside.

Parhelia is an experiment that begins at the crossroads of architecture and nature. I was first inspired by the atmospheric and optical properties of the sky in northern latitudes and with the idea of transporting its light to a contrasting environment. This installation is about exploring the use of crystal as a medium to infuse architecture with light.

This is the seventh consecutive year Swarovski has collaborated with emerging talent from the fields of architecture, design, art and technology on installations at Design Miami.

Asif Khan

Swarovski Crystal Palace

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