PONG.Li Studios receive ICONIC AWARD 2022 for Media arts project “Saving Water”

12. September 2022

Saving Water, 2021

With the projection mapping crowd game Saving Water, PONG.Li Studios combine media art with sustainability and cooperative gaming.

This innovative project, which was supported by the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe 2020 project support program for media art, has now been awarded the ICONIC AWARD 2022: Innovative Architecture in the category ARCHITECTURE – Event/Exhibition. With this project, PONG.Li Studios follow up on their projection mapping crowd game success Capture the Pyramid from 2015.

The Projection Mapping Crowd Game brings the topic of sustainability to facades and projection surfaces in public spaces. Up to six players are invited to control platforms in the form of a facade projection via an app so that as little water as possible is wasted. The app itself can be downloaded from the App Store and the Google Play Store, and the smartphones are connected to each other via the game’s internal wifi. The players must coordinate with each other to direct as much water as possible to the appropriate places on the ground. They are rewarded with small animations and Easter Eggs that take up the theme of water as the basis of life. Finally, informative facts about water and societal water consumption are displayed. As climate change progresses, the issue of water scarcity and saving water is becoming more and more of a focus for society. Saving Water offers the players and viewers a playful approach to this important topic and highlights facades in the heart of the city.

From 17 September to 17 October 2021, the projection could be seen on the facade of the HypoVereinsbank Karlsruhe within the Seasons of Media Arts festival, and in 2022 on the facade of the Breuniger department stores’ in Stuttgart and the EPSON B2B Partner Event.

About the ICONIC AWARDS 2022: Innovative Architecture
With the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture, the German Design Council was able to establish a neutral, international architecture and design competition that for the first time takes the disciplines into account in their interplay. Awards are given for visionary buildings, innovative products and sustainable communication from all sectors of architecture, construction and real estate as well as the manufacturing industry. The focus is on the holistic staging and interaction of the trades in the context of architecture.

As one of the world’s most important centres of competence for design and architecture, the German Design Council acts at the interface between designers and the building industry. Its awards are regarded as an independent seal of quality of international standing for contemporary developments and design achievements. Founded as a foundation in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag by the Federation of German Industries and several leading companies, the German Design Council promotes design through its competitions, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and publications. Currently, more than 300 domestic and foreign companies belong to the circle of founders of the German Design Council.


Saving Water, 2020-2021