Bahrain sakhir tower
Bahrain, March 2021

Bahrain International Circuit

Taking Formula 1 fast into the future, the new LED installation at Bahrain's International Circuit is an iconic beacon to the globally loved motor sport.

The lighting design of the iconic Sakhir Tower building celebrates the geometry of the structure and articulates its elegant circular form.

The concept was designed by international lighting designers Woodroffe Bassett Design and comprises bands of high-resolution LED panels. Debuting at the first Formula 1 race of the 2021 season, the 10 storey building lights up with more than 8,000,000 custom LEDs across 360 degrees. Architectural lighting firm StandardVision coordinated the installation of the LED.

dandelion + burdock were commissioned to create a series of motion graphics pieces and architectural looks for the large canvas. Composed and built using a variety of content creation tools including Notch, Blender, Houdini, and After Effects, the content that plays on the tower façade is a mixture of Bahraini cultural elements, abstract patterns, and effects and information which reacts to events over the race weekend.

"We are delighted that the BIC Tower, an icon of the country, now has the ability to light up the circuit in such an impressive fashion. Not only does it enhance the fan experience here at the circuit, but also delivers a dramatic and impressive show for international broadcast and the millions watching around the world."

Sheikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa
Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit



Bahrain International Circuit

LED Installation


Lighting Design

Woodroffe Bassett Design

Content Design Production

dandelion + burdock

Animation Director

Dickon Knowles, dandelion + burdock

Lead Animator

Oli Soto, dandelion + burdock

Cloth Simulation & Motion Graphics

Alec Strang, dandelion + burdock

Motion Graphics

Annabella Randel, dandelion + burdock

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