“Suddenly the world outside seemed to be forgotten, we had all been transported into a whole other world of light.”
From outer space to inner space, this incredible immersive experience invites you to enter a unique and new structure and be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of its light and colour.
Through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, visitors can explore a visually stunning environment of luminosity or simply relax and meditate in a world apart, drenched in radiant colour.
Pentalum is a celebration of the beauty of geometry and, in particular, of the pentagon and its derivatives. The luminaria have long used forms based on the Platonic solid, the dodecahedron, and the variants subsequently described by Archimedes. Alan Parkinson favours these forms for their unsettling asymmetry that somehow complements a sense of intrigue and discovery. The outer dodecahedral domes all have a seam motif based on the Schlegel diagram of a flattened dodecahedron, so that these domes become dodecahedrons within pentagons within dodecahedrons. A ‘tree’ occupies the centre space and, in keeping with the theme, the tree is also 5- sided.. An exception to the theme is the heptagonal Main Dome, which, in order to achieve more volume, has seven sides to sustain the desired asymmetry. This dome continues the research into the rendering of the muqarnas dome-like surfaces that are such a beautiful feature of Islamic architecture.
Luminarium is designed by Alan Parkinson.
The luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult)