- Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki experiences near constant daylight, and the electric-hued pavilion doubled as an over-sized sun-dial. The structure was large enough for one or two people to enter, by rolling aside one of the triangular walls. Within, visitors were enveloped in darkness, forcing the eyes to re-adjust. Once settled, visitors were able to rest on a built-in bench. When they reclined, the wall behind them opened up to release a bright sliver of sunlight, forcing the eyes to adjust once again. It was a place of retreat from the sun’s over powering intrusiveness, a place where light and its impact is understood, appreciated and respected.