Computational Sculptures

Harcourt Wall

Transforming the lobby of the Baccarat Hotel with a spectacle of digital lights and crystal.

Client
Baccarat Hotel New York

Collaborators
Hypersonic Engineering & Design

Press
Phillips Lighting
Telegraph

Visitors to the Baccarat Hotel in New York are greeted by a shimmering wall of crystal, made of nearly two thousand illuminated Harcourt glasses.

Sosolimited partnered with Hypersonic Engineering & Design to develop, program, and fabricate this contemporary interpretation of the timeless Baccarat chandelier. Each iconic Harcourt 1841 glass, the oldest glass in the Harcourt collection, catches the light of an independently controlled LED fixture. Together they form a captivating plane of moving golden light.

The movement of the light changes throughout the day, reflecting the mood of the hotel. Slowly shifting facets of crystal geometry in the morning give way to a field of flickering votive candles in late afternoon, as guests gather in the salon in preparation for the evening. As the clock strikes midnight, the wall reveals delicate plumes of smoke.

Flourishes of light periodically envelope the wall, marking the passage of time and delighting guests.

The wall is composed of nearly two thousand Baccarat Harcourt 1841 glasses.
Together the Harcourt glasses form a shimmering display surface.
Each Harcourt glass can be made to glow with an individually controllable LED.
The Harcourt wall is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Baccarat chandelier.
Patterns of light slowly shift throughout the day.
The crystal wall shimmers as if lit by votive candles.
The Baccarat Hotel is located on 53rd Street, directly across from MoMA.
Press & Accolades
There isn’t a generic thing in here. That’s why I think that everyone who walks in here thinks, ‘Oh my God, this doesn’t feel like any other hotel in New York.’
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