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Daan Roosegaarde’s Blooming Lotus Dome Lights Up Amsterdam

This geodesic dome responds to body heat with a flowering light display.

by Jodi Sussman
Jan 29 2014, 6:12pm

Lotus dome at L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

Even visionary futurist architect (and inventor of the term "synergetic") Bucky Fuller would have been blown away by Daan Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome. The interactive installation brings the familiar geodesic shape to life by allowing it to react to the presence of curious visitors. When a person approaches, the flower-shaped aluminum smart foils (they kind of remind us of Fortune Teller Fish) respond to body heat by curling back and revealing more of the light contained within.

Creator Daan Roosegaarde and the Lotus Dome

The Dome has been a jetsetter since it was commissioned by the city of Lille, France and installed there in 2012. In a life story that sounds like a club kid’s memoirs, It turned La Madeleine into a ‘techno church,’ hung out in a cool underground venue (Zedekiah's Cave in Jerusalem, Israel), then spent some time at the Castle of the Dukes in Nantes, France.

The Lotus Dome in Zedekiah’s Cave in Jerusalem.

The Lotus Dome projects light patterns onto the wall in the cave in Jerusalem.

The Lotus Dome in Jerusalem.

Now the Dome is gracing its creator’s Netherlands homeland at the Rijksmuseum, for a visit spanning from February 7- May 5 2014. It will be staying in the Rococo Beuning Room, and will be sharing its party vibes with paintings by Jacob de Wit and Jurriaan Andriessen.

The Lotus dome’s smart foils.

If you can’t make it to the museum, comfort yourself with this utterly mesmerizing video of the Lotus Dome installed in the Sainte Marie Madeleine church:

Lotus Dome by Studio Roosegaarde from Dezeen.

All images are courtesy the artist and can be viewed at the project page and his Flickr. The Lotus Dome will be on view at the Rjiksmuseum from February 7- May 5 2014.