CSIS Data Chandelier

Global data illuminates a sculptural chandelier in the shape of the world map.

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Hypersonic Engineering & Design
Plebian Design
Chris Parlato

Creative Applications
The Creators Project
My Modern Met
Slice of MIT

The Global Data Chandelier is a custom light fixture commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies for their new headquarters in Washington, DC. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit think tank focused on international policy and issues of global significance.

Sosolimited partnered with Hypersonic Engineering & Design, Plebian Design, and Chris Parlato to design, program, and fabricate this one-of-a-kind chandelier. 425 hanging pendants form a map of the world when viewed from below. This map becomes a low-res display for illustrating global data such as GDP growth rate, renewable water resources, and energy consumption. Each data set is paired with a unique lighting animation. In addition, CSIS can highlight regions of the map that correspond with international developments or events within the building. 

We'd like to give special thanks to the team at CSIS, including Dr. John Hamre, Mason Osborne at Jones Lang LaSalle, and Tom Carrado at Hickok Cole for their help in making this chandelier possible.

A series of pendants form a cloud of lights when seen from across the lobby.
When viewed from below, the map of the world comes into focus.
All lighting animations on the chandelier are linked to World Bank global data.
A concept rendering of the installation, remarkably similar to the final result.
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