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Second Prize

Manuela Blasco

The Language Bubble

The Language Bubble is an interactive building, conceived as a metaphoric form of a speech bubble, representing language itself. Visitors write messages from the interior of the building that are translated and projected on the main façade. This creates a dialogue with the guests in the outside plaza, bringing cultures closer, celebrating diversity in an interactive manner. The text projects on the glass thanks to new LED technologies, like LightPoints™ in Motion, where LEDs are embedded between the layers of glass and sealed with resin.

The museum generates its shape from the neighbors’ limits, creating an open plaza with views to the Thames.  The public space is elevated so that the water is visible over the protective wall. The plaza presents dynamic spaces with performance zones promoting social activities. These areas interplay with the interactive facade in the background, transforming the building into the main icon of the scene.