Lotus

Hundreds of light-sensitive smart flowers.

Lotus

Lotus

LOTUS are smart flowers which fold open in response to light.

Inspired by nature, the installation unfolds itself and creates a play of light and movement. LOTUS OCULUS activates the architecture of the historical Modern Art Gallery in Milan and is commissioned by Bulgari.

Winner of A’Design Gold Award and Media Architecture Award Denmark.

The specially developed material and design by Studio Roosegaarde is inspired both by nature and the radical use of material in the history of Bulgari. LOTUS OCULUS also pays homage to the grandeur of the Pantheon and continues this legacy by creating an organic architecture of movement and shadows. This dynamic dialogue is what Daan Roosegaarde calls ‘Techno-Poetry.’


The LOTUS series started in 2010 as an ongoing research into smart surfaces. Roosegaarde describes this tangible connection between light and material as “a metamorphosis of nature and technology”. In search of a new harmony between people and the environment, LOTUS OCULUS is a work of art and a pilot for a more organic type of architecture.


LOTUS OCULUS for Bulgari at Modern Art Gallery, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy at Milan Design Week 5-10 September 2021.

Previously LOTUS DOME premiered in the 17th-century Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille, France as a living dome. LOTUS MODEL is a more compact lotus flower which blooms in reaction to light.

LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers.

Specifications:

2010-2021. Smart foils, light, and other media. The LOTUS series started in 2010 as an ongoing research into smart materials. Photography by Roberto Conte, Daan Roosegaarde, Simone Fiorini, and Pim Hendriksen.

Clients:

Bulgari, City of Lille for the Lille3000 FANTASTIC exhibition and Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein.

Awards:

A’Design Gold Award + Media Architecture Award Denmark.

Lotus Oculus opens in Milan
Lotus Oculus opens in Milan
LOTUS OCULUS at the Modern Art Gallery Milan is designed by Studio Roosegaarde and commissioned by Bulgari for the exhibition ‘Metamorphosis’.
Lotus Oculus
Lotus Oculus
Lotus premiere at Milan Design Week
Lotus premiere at Milan Design Week
LOTUS OCULUS premieres at Milan Design Week 2021, commissioned by Bulgari. Hundreds of light-sensitive flowers create a play of movement. Modern Art Gallery Milan, 5-10 September 2021.