“The Crystal Dome is a kaleidoscopic, precision-cut journey into the heart of crystal – right in the middle of the homeland of crystal itself.”


 

Oh my goodness… How incredible is this?! Sometimes words just aren’t necessary at all. Except, without words it would be difficult for me to tell you what you are looking at. How annoying! I wish we could occasionally connect telepathically so I could whisper my thoughts in your ear, except the whole experience would need to be slightly less weird and creepy than my description…

This mesmerising space is The Crystal Dome at Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) – the company’s museum and headquarters located in Wattens in Austria. The Crystal Dome was specifically designed to capture the feeling of being inside a crystal. There are 595 mirrors that cover the dome’s walls, creating a kaleidoscope of shifting shapes, reflections and colours, that gradually reveal hidden works of art. The experience of being in the space is further accentuated by the music of Brian Eno.

This must be one incredibly surreal and glittering spectacle to witness in person. Have any of you been there? Do tell! From my screen, it certainly looks as one of the most captivating immersive experiences I’ve seen in a while.

 

 

In a related subject, you might enjoy revisiting my review of the Swarovski Crystal Palace in Milan (2010).

 


Swarovski Kristallwelten // Kristallweltenstrasse 1, 6112 Wattens, Austria.


[Images courtesy of Swarovski and Fulvio Varone on Flickr.]

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

2 Responses

  1. Kaori

    I would definitely love to go there and stay for hours. Absolutely beautiful manipulation of space and senses!

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