light observatory, 2012
perched on a hill and mirrored in a pool
a glass observatory tells the time with light
The Glass Sfera is a fifty-meter diameter glass astronomical device that tells
the time with light. The structure is constructed entirely of layers of stacked glass
bonded together with adhesive film.
Within, a beam of light projects through the red-rimmed oculus to mark the
passage of time, day-to-day and season-by-season.
Perched on the edge of a hill and mirrored in a pool, the observatory is entered
from below up one of three spiraling staircases. Recessed coffers provide 12
inward-looking seats and 12 outward-looking apertures for views of the city and
the Sea beyond.
Architects Tonkin Liu
Structural Engineer Tim Macfarlane, Glass ltd
Size 2,500 m²
Exhibitions Royal Academy, 2012