16. Jun 2009

No. 66 – Private atmospheres using new technology

May/Jun 2009

Poetry without limits
Text: David Müller
“At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.” The Irish are a nation of nature-lovers – they even love the mild but moist climate that dictates the pattern of life on the Green Isle. But quotations such as the above from Oscar Wilde (1854 to 1900) demonstrate that the Celts also see an association between light and poetry. The Irish dramatist, novelist and poet loved all things that are special and extravagant. A fine example is incorporated into a refurbishment project by an Irish businessman living in the west of the country. He has had a private spa built in the basement of his Victorian country house – his own personal piece of Ireland, born of nature and poetry. The wellness area combines striking architectural forms with a lighting design concept that touches you to the core.

A cosy spot. Aurelio Hotel in Lech/A
Text: David Müller
Travellers know how important it is for hotels to have a relaxing atmosphere. That is why designers are often faced with the challenge of developing lighting schemes for uncomfortable hotel spaces and distinctly poor architecture to create the right ambience. Hotels for skiers present a particular challenge. Coming from the slopes, guests must have the feeling of being in the best of hands. A developer has created such a hotel in the mountains of Austria with a class of its own, featuring rooms with sophisticated interiors, a restaurant with world class chefs and a spa with the most exquisite materials from around the globe. The Zurich offices of the lighting design practice Lichtkompetenz GmbH were commissioned to transform the building into a hive of well-being, enjoyment and indulgence.

How to communicate light
Presentation techniques used by experienced lighting designers
Text: Jesse Lilley, David Müller
At the heart of the lighting designer’s work lies a strange paradox: although the results of lighting design are often highly visual, the actual medium of light remains curiously invisible. For light is famously intangible. It is the unseen partner of the architectural process that calls everything into view except itself. The paradox leads to a central concern of the lighting design profession. How should designers communicate their ideas? How can they address the imagination and intuition of people without a design background and help them understand a concept? And how can clients appreciate the value of light when it cannot itself be seen, touched, heard or felt?

A final glow, the new flicker, or the new drug LED
The incandescent lamp ban, energy-saving lamps, LEDs –
and the fairy tales, trials and tribulations that currently hold sway over the market.
Text: David Müller, Joachim Ritter
Is the incandescent lamp going to disappear or not? Do we still need the compact fluorescent lamp or can we resort to LEDs straight away? Confusion spreads. Would-be experts and other non-lighting designers are finding it hard to cope with the current situation and information available. But are luminaire manufacturers prepared for the post-September 2009 era? Here is our attempt at a review of the situation…

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