Wind sword


For the city of Hoofddorp, KCI designed a Wind Sword. A little different than an Observation Wheel but certainly a landmark!

The Wind Sword is 33m high and is illuminated at night like a Star Wars sign, symbolising the battle which was fought in this location between the Dutch and the Spanish in 1573 when this area was still a sea. The Wind Sword will move in the wind and will indicate both wind speed and direction.

The technical challenges of this unique object were to predict the dynamic response of the sword in wind gusts and tune this behaviour to the ideas of the architect, while keeping the design as simple as possible and maintenance friendly.

Phase of Development
Concept and Detailed Design

Year of Project
2014 – 2015