Thursday Salute to Originals: Light Beams

A virtual art installation transforms the halls of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

As part of the 2021 London Design Festival, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and tech developer Tin Drum have joined their unique perspectives into a new craft — a captivating architectural spectacle only visible with a VR headset.

The interactive installation titled “Medusa” integrates modern digital design into the 162-year-old Victorian Raphael Court, founded in 1852. As viewers pass through the hall, beams of light shift and alter their structure in hue and shape.

“This is the first time I am designing architecture with non-physical materials — it’s using light and pure expanse of the space. It’s an architecture experience but completely new and different,” said Fujimoto in a public statement. 

This Thursday, we’re saluting the innovative work of Sou Fujimoto and Tin Drum. Drawing inspiration from phenomena such as aurora borealis and deep-sea bioluminescence, the installation pays tribute to the inherent natural beauty of light in both artificial construction and natural refraction.

Sources: Sou Fujimoto, Tin Drum, This is Colossal