The architects have turned a poor existing building (telephone exchange) into a vibrant place. This is so successful and the new interactive façade so intriguing that even though the dull building still exists from first floor up it no longer registers. The project has regenerated this back street in Penzance and a wonderful resource has been created.
The partnership of architect and artist (Peter Freeman) has created a clever, dynamic light show system where the bottom-lit vertical fins of glass change colour and intensity to create a Mexican wave along the street. So successful is the lighting scheme that the local authority has been persuaded to dispense with street lighting in this street so that only the lit fins of the building illuminate the street at night.