Animalation

The Joy of Celebration

Text by Matthias Hollwich

Status BUILT 2009

Location NEW YORK, NY

Client THE SAINT AT LARGE

Size 10,000 SF

Scope SD-CA

Team MATTHIAS HOLLWICH, AIA MARC KUSHNER, AIA ROBERT MAY, MATTHEW HOFFMAN

ANIMALation is a one-off lighting installation built for the largest annual underground party in New York City. Inspired by the long-legged silhouette of a spider, ANIMALation rises twenty five feet above ground and transforms the 12,000sf dance floor into an otherworldly industrial scene.

Its movable legs, constructed from standard lighting trusses, rotate rhythmically throughout the night. Automated lights and projected motion graphics light the spectacle below from constantly shifting angles.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

ANIMALation was designed during Matthias Hollwich’s partnership at Hollwich Kushner Architecture DPC, where Matthias acted as principal and lead designer.