beneath the surface blog

  1. Delicate Horror in Glass Creations

    Happy Halloween! In a playful celebration of the holiday, our designers wanted to share this inspiration: Kyle Schumacher’s Stained Glass Spider Web. Mixing bold graphic lines and delicate glass textures, Kyle’s mostly colorless glass creations fluctuate with the views or spaces placed behind them. Allowing light and color to peek through, these pieces remain appropriately […]

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  2. Glimpses of Our Process: Backlit Glass Floor Development

    We’re working on illuminating a commercial lobby floor for a project in Perth, Australia.  To firm up our strategies, the specified glass panels were shipped to us so we could study their relationship to our backlighting. Creating even illumination for this highly translucent glass surface in a load bearing floor application presented a fun challenge […]

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  3. Innovative Infrastructure Brings Neighborhoods Together

    Freeways crisscross much of a modern society’s landscape, connecting distant cities by allowing people the ability to travel hundreds of miles in a single day. Unfortunately, they also cleave, destroy, and pollute neighborhoods while existing as a visual blight on the landscape. Communities and citizens will often resist their construction even when the economic benefits […]

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  4. From the Field: Making Headlines with Backlit Glass Floor

    We’re so pleased with the progression of this backlit glass floor installation at the Dallas Convention Center Hotel, we wanted to share the on-site photos immediately! The project is another great testament to the importance of not only mock-ups, testing, and coordination from one source, but also to being flexible and ready on-site with an […]

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  5. A Collapsed Roof Providing Mile-High Potential

    For the past two years, when residents of Sydney have gone down to the park, they have literally travelled “down”. Wonderfully making use of an old water reservoir, the Australian firms TZC Architects and JMD Designs constructed Paddington Reservoir Gardens to make good use of a cave-in. The reservoir was originally constructed in the 1870s […]

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  6. Kempten’s Dam Generates Symbiotic Power

    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” -Heraclitus Hydroelectric power plants and the dams that accompany them often have a discordant relationship with the rivers they harness. Stark and brutalistic, they use the raw forces of concrete engineering and human ingenuity […]

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  7. Dynamic Bridge Functions As Elevated Art

    In dense metropolitan areas, traveling from building to building often involves lengthy rides down elevators, up elevators, and across traffic-laden city streets and sidewalks. The organizers for the Building to Building Pedestrian Bridge International Challenge in Montreal sought to inspire designers to originate ideas which would ease congestion, decrease travel times, and diversify the use […]

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  8. Update #2 From the Field: Illuminated Wood and 3Form Panels Installed

    The backlit escalator wall installation at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco is wrapping up smoothly. Here’s the project rendering again, described in our first blog post about this project: Some photographs snapped from our cell phones in the field: The clean lines and even illumination are the result of months of iterative detailing and expert installation. […]

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  9. Update #1 From the Field: Illuminated Wood and 3Form Panels Partially Installed

    If you missed our first blog post about GPI technicians arriving on-site for this long awaited backlighting installation at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, check it out here (and take a peek at the project rendering). After a labor-intensive weekend, the bottom and center rows of the custom-built 3Form Varia Ecoresin and wood slatted surface panels […]

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  10. Fusing Art & Design with Surfaces and Light

    Having a passion for the way translucent surfaces and LED panels can accentuate and bring natural warmth to any space, we greatly enjoy the way Stefan Lindfors incorporated the two for his Light Works exhibition. First displayed in Helsinki during February and D.C. in May, Lindfors recently wrapped up a showing in NYC during the […]

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  11. From the Field: Backlit Wood and 3Form Panel Install Begins in San Francisco

    For the extensive renovation of the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square, the teams at Indidesign (interior design) and Revolver (lighting design) envisioned a custom panel and backlighting treatment to revive the wall surfaces at the main escalator. Extending from the lower lobby to the main lobby, dark wood panels striated with thin lines […]

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  12. A Rookery of Repose

    Have you ever taken a break at work and just wanted to relax? I mean really kick back and enjoy a few moments of tranquility while the bustling city thrives around you? If so, then make sure to include Vienna in your next job search. The Austrian capital recently erected the Flederhaus, a five-story building […]

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  13. Daylight + LEDs: Re-inventing a Bright Idea

    Sometimes new and innovative ideas can overwhelm tried and practical applications such that inefficiency becomes standard. The modern use of electric lights and lamps perfectly demonstrates this fact. For the past century, artificial illumination has dominated the way we light our workspaces and homes. Fed up with the humming of florescent lights, skyrocketing electric bills, […]

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