18 September 2010


Someone once told me that octopuses blush. I granted my friend the conceit without bothering to check up on it at the time. As it turns out, they do, and so does D-Tower in Doetinchem, The Netherlands.

The tower is a collaboration between artist Q.S. Serafijn and NOX architects.

Serafijn manages a website, which collects answers to a variety of questions on mood from volunteer participants in Doetinchem. NOX designed the structure, which is made up of milled styrofoam panels coated in epoxy. LED lights illuminate the tower, reflecting the prevailing mood of the survey takers by changing color each day. The colors green, red, blue and yellow correspond to four emotions: hate, love, happiness and fear.

A brilliant amalgamation of emotion and networked identity, the tower's static architecture contorts, contracts, droops and flexes as if compelled by an organic pulse.

The city of Doetinchem commissioned the 250,000 Euro project in 1998, and the structure came alive in 2005.

Here is a link to the project website: http://www.d-toren.nl/site/index.htm 

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