Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spotlight: New Territories - "The Building Which Never Dies"

Austria + France, Les Andelys
A nocturnal observatory pivoting on itself, this research laboratory is intended to analyze human beings’ physiological and ocular adaptation to the dark, in order to be able to reduce urban light pollution. This lab is aimed at the moon when it’s above the horizon, to take advantage of the one-lux minimum moonlight and even amplify it. At night this lab restores the light intensity of daytime by discharging UV sensor units located on all the exterior surfaces. Their phosphorescent components (uranium oxide pigment) thus report on solar activity and its degree of dangerousness, and variations of intensity according to the areas affected by direct sunlight.

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