The Beacon at PNC Plaza

An installation that visualizes data from a building’s green system and external environment.
· Data Visualization    · Low Energy Consumption   

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The Beacon is a 24-foot high installation with 1,584 liquid-crystal polycarbonate panels in The Tower of PNC’s atrium lobby. It acts as a media canvas that displays ever-shifting patterns of lights, colors, sounds, and texts to express - in real time - data from the building’s advanced green systems and data from the external weather.

The challenge was to build a media canvas that was both fascinating and consumed very little energy. We developed the pre-production working prototype and sourced all potential material suppliers. Then we handed over the working prototype to fabricators and helped them to build the final full-size installation.

*The project was built in collaboration with ESI Design.

Location:The Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

Technical HighlightsLow energy consumption display

Dimensions:24 ft
 7.32 m


Services:Technology Planning
 Rapid Prototyping
 Circuit Design
 Customized Software

The pre-production working prototype and customized software.

The rapid prototype to proof the concept.

Photo credit ESI Design

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