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The Blur Building

The Blur Building, created by Diller + Scofidio as a media pavilion for Swiss EXPO 2002, was unique in that it appeared to be made of — nothing.

The building sat at the base of Lake Neuchatel in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, hidden by a mist formed by thousands of fog nozzles mounted on steel cable that spray filtered lake water. Its design was based on the work of Buckminster Fuller, and gives visitors the experience of walking up a ramp into a cloud hovering over water.

Within the cloud was a platform where guests filled out a character profile and received a computer-controlled raincoat (or “braincoat”) that protected them from the water in the air, tracked their position, and changed color depending on how well their profile matched the profile of nearby guests.

Visitors could move freely about the platform within the cloud or step into the Glass Box where they were surrounded by glass on all sides and could feel like they were suspended in the cloud. At the top of the structure was the Angel Bar, serving glacier water as well as commercial and municipal waters from around the world.

 

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