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3XN’s Bella Chandelier Is Ready for Installation
Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 |

When the Bella Sky Hotel, the largest hotel in Scandinavia, launches in Copenhagen May 16, guests are greeted in the foyer by The Bella Chandelier – a living scenography of light and color created by GXN, the R&D department of Danish architects 3XN.

The Bella Chandelier for the foyer of the soon-to-be-opened Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen. Image: 3XN

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The Bella Chandelier for the foyer of the soon-to-be-opened Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen. Image: 3XN

Project Description from the Designers:

With the aim of bringing art and science together in one unique light and color experience, the multidisciplinary team of GXN has been on a journey exploring the realm between structure, technology and design. After a development of various phases the journey has come to an end and the light sculpture will be installed this week at the Bella Sky Hotel designed by 3XN.

Image: 3XN

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Image: 3XN

The advanced geometry of the light sculpture is inspired by the stringent yet dynamic design of the Bella Sky that called for a unique collaboration of partners. Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Head of GXN explains: "GXNs constant strive for experimenting with the unknown can only be realized by the collective effort of many partners. Our multidisciplinary way of working with technology design and advanced structures proved invaluably important in this project, since the challenges that emerged during design and construction only where solvable once the knowledge from fields of architecture and engineering were combined."

Image: 3XN

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In several areas the Bella Chandelier is an example of pioneer work in creating light installations: Hence, the custom milled aluminum cores used as compression rods are merely 36 mm in diameter, making them the slimmest of their kind. Furthermore, the light and spacious expression of the Bella Chandelier is a result of its tensegrity structure where a perfect equilibrium of forces is reached through a precise balance of the elements. Never before has a tensegrity structure of this size been made with as high level of integrated and optimized design.

Image: 3XN

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Image: 3XN

Image: 3XN

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This extremely slim construction together with the integrated dynamic lighting makes the Bella Chandelier stand out worldwide as an extraordinary example of engineered art. At the same time the light sculpture perfectly reflects the architecture and design of the Bella Sky.

With its 814 designer rooms The Bella Sky will be the largest hotel in Scandinavia when launching May 16.

Image: 3XN

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Image: 3XN

Image: 3XN

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Project Details:

Client: The Bella Center

Location: The Bella Sky Hotel, Copenhagen S, Denmark

Team: 3XN and GXN - Concept Design and Project Management: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Jan Ammundsen, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Marie Hesseldahl Larsen, Henrik Leander Evers, Paul Mas and Antoine Ceunebroucke

Bæk Group - Conceptual and Structural Engineering. Scenetek - Light Engineering. Rambøll - Structural Engineering. Totalproduktion – Installation

Technical information:

Number of units: 6 acrylic tubes of 3.5 meter each

LED lights: More than 7000                                                  



Comments:
J├╝rgen
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A pity they didn't spend more time working on the actual building... it's probably the worst thing built in Copenhagen in the last 100 years... complete eyesore.

sc
Monday, May 16, 2011
It's like the offspring of a Kenneth Snelson tensegrity structure and a Dan Flavin Light installation.

http://www.kennethsnelson.net/

http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/features/saltz/saltz5-5-08_detail.asp?picnum=6

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