Siemens Crystal

Hirsch&Mann were invited to collaborate with Squint Opera on the development of a series of interactive exhibits for The Crystal. This landmark building was purpose built to be the world’s first center dedicated to improving our knowledge of urban sustainability.

We created a series of interactive games, generative software installations and a cube made of 13,824 LEDs.

A short film by Squint Opera showing all the exhibits.

The City Icon
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The City Icon is a generative artwork which takes center stage in the exhibition space. It demonstrates the ebb and flow of the various qualities of a city, including energy, water, safety and security, health care, the environment and transportation. This 6 meter tall obelisk is visible from outside The Crystal, and hints at the various topics dealt with in the exhibition.

The Cube
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Z4-E6 City Shapes from Hirsch & Mann on Vimeo.

The Cube is a 3D display used to visualize city density information. It plays back a 3D video which takes viewers on a journey to understand the various causes and effects that change the shape of cities around the world.

Prevent Fires
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Prevent Fires is an interactive game that teaches users about the correct approach to Fire Safety.

The City Monitor
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The City Monitor demonstrates a way for mayors to review and manage city scale challenges.

The Crystal exhibition space
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Client: Siemens
Produced by: Event Communications
In collaboration with: Squint Opera

Hirsch&Mann team:
Daniel Hirschmann
Marcin Ignac
George Profenza
Cristian Baluti
Tom Sloan
Mike Harrison

Process images and videos:

SUSC City Icon – Testing of the LED screen from Hirsch & Mann on Vimeo.

Siemens CityIcon LED screen close up from Hirsch & Mann on Vimeo.