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Pattern Shift

Submitted by Tom Sloan

Client: Swire Properties

Location: Hong Kong, China

Completion date: 2017

Project Team


Tom Sloan

Tiller Studio


Miriam Sleeman

Tiller Studio


Francesca von Etzdorf

Swire Properties


Mike Harrison

White Wing Logic


Jeff Kock

Front Inc.


Martin Skinner



Natalie Wong



Tim Murray-Browne



Pattern Shift is a permenant custom-made LED lighting feature installation commissioned for Pacific Place, Hong Kong’s leading retail destination. The installation explores and articulates the layers, textures, and patterns used in high end fashion textiles through an animated and evolving geometry. Its physical manifestation and content mirrors the state-of-the-art character of Pacific Place, which was refurbished by Thomas Heatherwick Studio in 2011, and houses some of the world’s leading retail and luxury brands over 650,000 square feet on four storeys. The installation is positioned throughout the entire interior space giving the feeling of being under a flowing fabric of shifting patterns.


The goal for the project was to bring an enhanced atmosphere to the space that was both unique, bold and in tune with the architecture, whilst maintaining views across the voids it occupies. It was important to bring light to the space and not material and mass. The look and feel of the installation needed to compliment the richness of colour and pattern of its surrounding in a ever changing way.


Swire Properties commissioned miriamandtom to create a concept and design for an installation to transform the atmosphere of Pacific Place. We worked closely with the internal design team to establish the best configuration and densities of our piece through out the space to suit the context of each location. We worked in partnership with a structural engineer, electrical engineer and software developer to bring the piece to life.

Additional Information

The outcome of this project has been the development of a reconfigurable lighting system and an intelligent truss system, both of which can be re-arranged into completely new shapes and forms, opening the possibility for re-freshing the installation over time or completely new installations in other locations.