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Puzzle Facade Lets Users “Solve” the Ars Electronica Center with a Rubik’s Cube in Austria

The Ars Electronica Center’s Luminous Puzzle Facade Can be “Solved” With a Rubik’s Cube

By Lidija Grozdanic - Source:

Photo © Puzzle Facade

Photo © Puzzle Facade

Artist Javier Lloert created an interactive Puzzle Façade that is controlled via a Rubik’s cube. He connected the facade of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria to a white 3D-printed cube that controls the building’s lights. Passersby are invited to engage with the interactive experience and take part in shaping the nighttime cityscape.

Lloert created the project as part of his thesis of the Interface Culture master program at the Art University in Linz. He designed a special interface cube that features electronic components which keep track of its movements and orientation. The data is sent over Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Façade software.

Because of the building’s surroundings, the player can see only two sides at the same time. However, the player is able to rotate and flip the interface cube in order to work on all four sides. The Puzzle Façade allows city inhabitants to engage with architecture on a new and fresh level, trying to “resolve” it instead of just seeing it lit-up.

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