Binary Spectrum, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

加拿大安大略基秦納 二元光譜裝置藝術

Once a major hub for manufacturing, the Kitchener-Waterloo region is now a hot spot for Canada's growing tech communities with newly opened offices of Yahoo, Google, and other major tech players as well as hundreds of start-ups. For the lobby atrium of one of these new buildings on King Street, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design created Binary Spectrum, a site-specific installation that embodies ideas drawn from the region's rich history of manufacturing and its transformation to a burgeoning tech hub. 



Rising three stories, it is constructed from 8,000 colored discs of varying diameters suspended from 650 wire cables. Binary Spectrum explores the yin-yang relationship of tangible fabricated objects (manufacturing) with a representation of the intangible digital realm, and the repetitive discs suggest digital processes and fractal patterns found in science and are used to create a spatial effect with a human scale. Binary Spectrum is a poetic expression of Kitchener's remarkable industrial shift, from manufacturing to a leader in the digital economy. The atrium is transformed into a dynamic environment where visitors can experience the installation's kinetic properties. As people move in and around the space on two levels, the vertical cables softly sway, bringing the sculpture to life and reflecting the buzzing energy of the building's inhabitants. Myriad patterns can be viewed from different perspectives and provide a new sensory experience with each angle – whether seen from the exterior, from below, or adjacent on the upper floor, visitors can engage with the installation in unique ways. The contrast created by two ends of the color spectrum is softened through the gradient between them: warm reds and cool blues merge and resonate with the lobby furniture, specifically sourced to coordinate with the installation's bluish tones. 



Principal ArchitectsHeather DubbeldamScott SampsonCourtney HoKrystal Kramer

ContractorSixpenny Architectural Fabrication

Character of SpaceArchitectural Installation

ClientPerimeter Development Corporation

Site Area43

Principal MaterialsAcrylicStainless steel cables

LocationKitchener, Ontario, Canada

PhotosRiley Snelling

TextDubbeldam Architecture + Design


InterviewGrace Hung



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