Can technology, social security and atmosphere reinforce each other in an architectural design? The Willem II passage is a new connection that connects the city center of Tilburg with De Spoorzone development area.
In a process of designing, building, testing and customizing, the architects developed a refined but robust glass brick façade. The material use of the façade and ground level, the rhythm and the composition refer in a contemporary way to the architecture of the surroundings.
LEDs are integrated into each glass brick, which can be controlled at pixel level according to color and intensity. The light patterns respond to passersby and accentuate the tactility of the passage. The programming of the light patterns adapts to the time, the season, the weather or for special events. The lighting design emphasizes the architecture, and does not treat the walls as a screen, but as architectural units that come to life.
The interactivity operates in the background and joins the architecture. This makes the passage a natural part of the public network in the city and avoids the passage becoming obsolete due to the aging of its technology. The Willem II passage is an important public connection. The total design therefore focuses on public significance and cultural sustainability. The whole must leave a lasting impression and after twenty or thirty years just as interesting as immediately after completion. Familiar, self-evident and robust, but innovative, rich and refined. Built to Last.
Controlled by an app
The city can control the lights, adjust themes for special events, set special colours themselves via a custom-made webapp. The app gives a preview of the selected effect and also allow you to preview the settings in the real passage for 20 seconds.
Light and interaction design
Van Tetterode Glasstudio