A “breathing” luminous curtain made of repurposed consumer beverage containers
Light is essential to the realization of architecture, yet in the process of design and construction it is commonly an afterthought. Not only is the source of light important for the quality of illumination within a space, but also the materials used to capture, filter, and redirect the light.
The PET Wall is a self-supporting, luminous curtain comprised by repurposed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and integrated light-emitting diode (LED) nets. The lightweight structure makes use of a widely disposed post-consumer product due to its advantageous structural and light-filtering properties. Like head lamp or light fixture lenses, the particular thermoformed geometries of these transparent bottles convey and disperse illumination efficiently while obscuring glare. The result is a thickened surface comprised by modular, tactile light nodes with various possibilities for programmability and interaction. [...]