Light show plays on London’s tallest block of flats

London’s tallest block of flats will celebrate its opening this evening with a light show created by Maurice Brill Lighting Design.

Computer-generated LED lights will play over the surface of the 50-storey Pan Peninsula building, which is located near Canary Wharf and was designed by architect Skidmore Owings Merill.

‘The show tonight is going be really active and exciting, like fireworks,’ says Maurice Brill lighting designer Christian Wendel.

The consultancy won the job four years ago, when the building was at planning stage. This allowed the group to embed 2280m of LED lighting strips into the fabric of the building.

‘On a normal day, the building’s lights will change slowly – if the building had a permanent light display, people would get bored,’ says Wendel.

The building, which consists of two interlinked towers, viewable from East London’s Olympic Games venues, will be used to provide a countdown to the start of the games.

The display kicks off at 6.50pm this evening, following a five minute introduction by Lord Sebastian Coe. A second display follows at 7.10pm.

On 14 February, lighting design group Artistic Licence will create a Valentine’s Day show.

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