Shine A Little Light On Me: Architecture + Lighting
December 25, 2012
Yas Hotel, Image Credit Bjorn Moerman Photography via Arup
Architizer is hosting the world’s definitive architectural awards program, with 50+ categories and 200+ jurors. As part of an ongoing series, we’re spotlighting projects that fit into “Plus” categories, including “Lighting,” that tap into topical and culturally relevant themes. To see a full list of categories and learn more about the awards, visit architizerawards.com.
There is nothing quite like watching the twinkle of light as they glisten in the night sky, or even better, as they reflect off that freshly fallen snow. We’ve made no secret of our love of these winter months here at Architizer, even going so far as to present a roundup of our favorite glowing buildings in celebration of the holiday season. However, that got us thinking— why should we only celebrate excellence in lighting design on a seasonal basis?
After all, lighting design factors heavily into the success of a space— from the most shallow of reasons (everyone knows fluorescent lights do nothing for your complexion!) to overall functionality and even wayfinding. Not only does a proper lighting plan determine the way you see a space, but it even goes as far as to effect the health of its residents. Thankfully, great advances over the years have allowed architects, designers, and engineers to experiment with light in ways never before seen. Whether creating new ways to harness the power of the sun, interactive displays that captivate entire cities, or simply energy-saving alternatives, it’s become clear that these professionals will continue to push the limits of design until the lights burn out.