Lightning is something that frightens most people, with the booms of thunderclaps that accompany it, and the potential destruction it can cause when objects are struck. But lightning can also be beautiful to watch. Taking the dangerous element out of the natural phenomenon and only mimicking its beauty, architect Sou Fujimotohas constructed a giant cloud-like pavilion that recreates an electrical storm.
The pavilion itself, completely white and constructed out of 20mm steel poles, is huge. Covering 3800 square feet, the network of metal is impressive enough by itself during the day. But come night time, it becomes a geometric metal cloud that flashes LED lights in the same pattern as an electrical storm would take. The immersion of the installation is increased by the use of soundbites, timed to create the auditory effect of thunder after each ‘lightning strike’.