Animating the San Diego skyline with the sights and culture of the city.

San Diego County wanted to transform their downtown buildings into an iconic part of the city skyline. Sosolimited worked with the County to design a dynamic architectural lighting system that brings the buildings to life and celebrates the sights and culture of the region.

The lighting draws inspiration from the area’s natural beauty, scientific research, and city life. With animations of crashing waves, swaying kelp, radio communication, and creatures in a petri dish, the building facade reflects the dynamic mix of local environments and institutions.

The animations were designed with Phosphor, our custom architectural lighting software. Phosphor allows us to import and illuminate 3D models of the buildings and surrounding city. Our advanced shader techniques simulate actual lighting conditions for thousands of light fixtures in real time, running at high framerates even on low-power computers.

The system includes a user-friendly interface for scheduling content on the lights. Cloud based and integrated into San Diego County's control infrastructure, it has robust security and reliability features. The scheduling system allows County staff to easily change the animations on the buildings for holidays and events.

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San Diego County


Creative Direction

Interactive Lighting

Software Development

Coordinated lights on the San Diego County Administration center and the Kettner St parking garage illuminate the skyline.

Lights illuminate hundreds of metal fins on the facade.

Phosphor, our 3D lighting simulation tool, lets us model thousands of dynamic LED lights in real time.

“The installation uses a tight color palette and graceful movements, creating an elegant impression in the surrounding neighborhood.”

Energy of the Nation

Amplifying the mood of a nation to an urban scale for the 2012 Olympics.

Harcourt Wall

A Baccarat Hotel spectacle where the past and future meet.