A circular reflecting pool has subtly transformed a non-descript, internal courtyard at Wadrich Siegen’s manufacturing HQ in Germany. Situated between the production area and the canteen, the design animates the space - 24 hours per day, 7 days per week - revitalizing what once was a drab internal void.

Because of the work’s minimal form a precise composition was felt appropriate, hence it’s positioning within a golden section configuration. The residual area of the atrium is filled with fractured grey gravel in contrast to the smooth surface of the design

The impact of the scheme draws upon three interrelated factors: the design’s materiality - polished stainless steel; the blue LED lighting, which indirectly illuminates the surface - the colour corresponding to the company’s corporate blue; and the amount of rain water within the pool - the greater the volume of water, the greater the refraction of light.

During daylight the clouds are reflected in the surface; with the onset of night the LED lighting delivers an ethereal light, the surrounding glazing generating multiple reflections. Although only 14cm deep, the illuminated pool appears to have indefinable depth.

In essence, water and light orchestrate this work, resulting in a myriad of visual configurations, no two days ever being the same.

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