werk5 GmbH Architectural Models

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Jason acted as lead programmer on werk5's Abyaar project for Cityscape 2008, Dubai. The cool blue “Ice Tower” takes inspiration from glacial icebergs, and required a brilliant and glimmering surface. Hundreds of tiny white L.E.D.s are precisely wired on a tall, slim, central core, positioned behind laser-engraved translucent blue acrylic panels. The lights in each unit of the skyscraper are controlled interactively via touchscreen, allowing floorpersons to highlight various apartments and amenities. Similar lighting concepts are used for the 40 floors of the brilliant white “Pier 8” skyscraper model, as well as the 18 individual buildings of the 5m x 4m “Art District." A combination of DMX and i2c communication protocols are used to connect the devices to the microcontrollers and computers that drive them.

The cubic “Cogiton Rödingsmarkt” is internally lit by three CCFL (fluorescent lightstick) cores, diffused by semi-translucent white acrylic, that rise vertically through the height of the model. The ground level is lit by horizontally spaced lightsticks. They are all switched by one simple metal push button installed in the base. The “Mersfor Langhof Prussian Village” is lit from below by almost 200 pure white L.E.D.s.