Chinese architects visualize real-time website data with colorful LEDs.
Lists have always been the easiest way to see what other people are downloading, but A8 Music, a new Chinese music download company, wanted to try something completely different – reactive LEDs on the front of their building. Designed by Shenzhen-based UNIT Studio, the facade is a unique and creative new way to make the invisible visible.
The building is at it’s best during the night, when the building comes to life with the data taken from A8’s website. In place of LEDs, sound wave-shaped glass on the building’s exterior reflects the sky and surrounding buildings to create a similar effect during the day.
“The approach for this project was to create a tower who embodies its function, thereby promoting the dynamism of music as well as the hosted user,” says UNIT Studio’s founder Moyang Yang.
Architects used a system which assigns musical notes with specific colors, developed by Alexander Scriabin, to map the website’s information on the front of the building. Now the building can act as a beacon for the music people across the city, and entire country, are downloading as it happens.