Taking its cue from standard Swiss swimming baths, the ‘Cyberhelvetia’ Pavilion developed by 3deluxe was conceived as a spot of individual encounters and communication. These days, communication takes place in a lot of distinct approaches, irrespective of place and language. Even a shared swim no longer calls for actual water: A blue shining glass block replaced the genuine swimming basin visitors can immerse themselves in the multilayered atmosphere of a nearly expanded reality and bathe in light and sound.
The so-named pool was filled with ‘virtual water’, which guests both on the spot and on the Web enhanced by adding imaginative life forms. The reciprocal interaction between genuine and virtually present individuals and the digital creatures constantly developed new atmospheric images on the projected surface of the pool, so that the overall impression was essentially of a living organism.
The virtual water also responded to climatic conditions in the type of data from a weather station on the pavilion roof. Like Lake Bienne, the artificial surface of the water changed throughout the course of the day and seasons, and hence linked the artificial with nature as nicely as the virtual with what can be seasoned in reality. A variety of interactive games on the surface and along the sides of the glass block provided guests the opportunity to make speak to with other guests in an unconventional way. In 2003 ‘Cyberhelvetia’ was awarded with the bronze medal from Art Directors Club Germany in the category ‘Communication in Space’.