The shopping center “Kubometr” 2016, Ukraine, Dnipro

Assembled from modular sea containers, the shopping center “Kubometr” is a relatively temporary buil

The shopping center “Kubometr” is assembled from the used sea containers. The containers moved throughout all the world, and now, when they stopped here as a static building, the energy of movement stayed canned inside them. We made a media illumination that pulsates and flows like a display of the movement energy saved inside these containers.

Assembled from modular sea containers, the shopping center “Kubometr” is a relatively temporary building, which was made in place of the future capital building. After some time “Kubometr” will change its location but now it is a metaphor of movement and transformation which are unavoidable in life. The future history of this project was implemented in a light conception: multimedia waves roll by a side plane creating an effect of movement for the energy saved in containers. The light was integrated into the containers to the point that it is almost impossible to see the light sources themselves. To achieve this, the constructors developed hidden nodes and compact lamps with focusing narrow-angle lenses. Lamps having the colors of the containers provide the maximum stretching and shine through the wall with a gradient on a full height when the facade planes are taken out on less than 10 cm. Since the illumination goes upside down in some points, secondary light-blocking devices were developed to fully exclude the visibility of the light sources. Also, we would like to put the accent on a difficult control system. Since the complex is assembled from disconnected containers, the wiring was not possible everywhere. The problem of smooth and continuous overflow of waves was solved by the combination of the wireless signal of multiple controllers into one system.


Building or project owner : Development company Alef Estate, Dnipro, Ukraine

Architecture : Dolnik & CO Ltd., Dnipro, Ukraine

Project artist/ concept/ design/ planning : Dolnik & CO Ltd., Dnipro, Ukraine

Structural engineering : Dolnik & CO Ltd., Dnipro, Ukraine

Facade design : Dolnik & CO Ltd., Dnipro, Ukraine

Light design : Expolight, Dnipro, Ukraine

Technical layout light : Expolight, Dnipro, Ukraine

Display content/ visuals/ showreel : Expolight, Dnipro, Ukraine

Light hardware (LED hardware) : Expolight, Dnipro, Ukraine

Lighting control software : Expolight, Dnipro, Ukraine


Facade type and geometry (structure) : Multicolored container stores with separate entrances combined into shopping streets. From the weather, the complex is protected by overlap, each container is equipped with a heating system and air conditioning.

Kind of light creation : Multimedia LED light sources with focusing narrow-beam lenses