Watch this amazing illuminated building change colour


As canvases go, this multi-faceted, looming public building in Shenzhen, China is a big one. This is MOCAPE (The Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition), Shenzhen’s most recent large-scale cultural public building, and as well as the building itself being innovative, the designers have come up with a visually striking exterior solution that uses colour and light to keep the surface of it ever-changing from one rich jewel shade to another.


The building itself is formed from a steel structure covered in a surface of glass, perforated plates and stone. To further integrate the building into its location, and provide a dynamic visual language that highlights the surface, Grand Sight Design International was invited to create and illumination scheme to make the museum shine.


Image by He Shu

Watch the video below to see how different colours crawl across the building’s shell of steep angled facades and undulating arcs, emphasising the sense of movement within the building’s design. It also serves to pick out individual planes of the building, changing viewers understanding of how the building is constructed as it passes across it with the smoothness of passing clouds. The lighting plan was extensively tested via 1:1 digital modelling, and the end result is striking, involving and innovative.

Ros Anderson


Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.

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