Radiant Forest

  • HIDDEN PATHS  
  • New York City, USA 2016
  • STATUS: Finalist
  • PROGRAM: Pavilion, Installation
  • CLIENT: Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District
  • DESIGN PRINCIPALS: Alessandro Orsini & Nick Roseboro
  • PROJECT ARCHITECT: Roberto De Luca
  • TEAM: Jianwei Li 
  • ENVIRONMENTAL: Transsolar KlimaEngineering - Krista Palen
  • SIZE: 36.4m2 / 392 sf

Radiant Forest is a pavilion that promotes interaction between people and encourages gathering in a comfortable environment. A composition of movable and stationary vertical slats partially skinned with a mirror film that reflects the city around to highlight the beautiful differences in our city with changes of colors, seasons, days and nights.

The forest invites visitors to discover hidden paths simply pushing the movable vertical slats that make the installation completely porous, drawing them to an area with fiber optic curtain and radiant heating dishes. A sensor will activate the radiant dishes and the fiber optics will light up with RGB irradiation maps colors, measuring the real time temperature of the bodies occupying the space.