syn chron

The artist Carsten Nicolai conceived the walk-in sculpture “syn chron” for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, which simultaneously serves as a resonance space and projection surface. Electronic music composed by Nicolai creates laser light modulations on the translucent skin of the sculpture.

Walkable, Transportable Sound & Light Space

The architectural corpus thus becomes a sound and light space that visitors can enter but also perceive from the outside. Its crystal-shaped construction consists of a spatial, irregularly polygonal hollow profile frame without right angles.

In order to allow multiple set-ups at different exhibition venues, the structure had to be constructed in such a way that it can be completely dismantled.

“syn chron” is one of numerous art projects for which Werner Sobek was responsible for the structural engineering.

Carsten Nicolai, Berlin/Germany

LIN Finn Geipel Giulia Andi, Berlin/Germany

Planning time
2004 − 2005

Construction time

Services by Werner Sobek

  • Structural engineering (WP 1 − 7 acc. to § 64 HOAI)
  • Facade engineering

Freunde guter Musik Berlin e.V., Berlin/Germany

Uwe Walter, Berlin/Germany
Christian Gahl, Berlin/Germany

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