Award 2010

Ivan Niedermair



The light-consumer becomes the light-producer. "LOADLIGHT" doesn´t rely on external (neither renewable) sources but is recharged 24 hours a day by the cars driving by. It transforms the weight of the vehicles into electric energy that supplies a low-power, highly efficient LED-Module. A mat on the street contains approx. 15 litres of an aqueous solution. When a vehicles passes over it, the liquid is displaced and climbs up the tube, where it propels small hydroelectric turbines. A battery stores the energy generated by them and powers the LED-Module at night.


Award Winner



1983 born in Bressanone/Brixen; Italy, studies of Architecture 2003 at the institute for experimental architecture - University of Innsbruck, spent semesters in Vienna and at the IUAV in Venice and has worked in Rome, Graz and Johannesburg. 1st Prize at the Bombay Sapphire Designer Class Competition Austria 2008; Exhibitions - at DMY Berlin 2009, London Design Festival 2008, Galerie Museum Bozen 2008 Architekturzentrum Wien 2006, 2010 - 2011 MAK-Schindler Scholarship for the Artists and Architects in Residence Program, Los Angeles