01. Aug 2011

No. 77 – Transparency

Jun/Jul 2011

Projecting nature. Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Bali/RI
Text: Joachim Ritter
The villa-style resort in Uluwatu, southern Bali looks out over the ocean from the top of a steep bluff. The lighting concept was inspired by the theme the “Force of Nature” and addresses five key elements: wind, moonlight, fire, water, and trees to create a novel lit environment to enhance the resort’s physically and mentally soothing ambience. The important idea was to integrate natural elements into the buildings. Natural lighting conditions make for a unique spectacle at just about any time of day.

Water world. The new Roca showroom in Barcelona/E
Text: Joachim Ritter
In the so-called civilised world in the 21st century we take running water inside buildings for granted. Indeed, bathrooms have developed considerably over the decades and today often encompass an all-round experience of wellbeing. The Spanish company Roca is a specialist in this field. With over 20,000 staff worldwide and a sales network throughout 135 countries, its flagship building and exhibition centre needed to be more than simply prestigious. It needed to make a statement – in water – and with the aid of light.

Plain but powerful– light and glass. Translucent glass facade inspires Dietenhofen Church/D
Text: Joachim Ritter
Any attempt to design a modern church building using glass and based on original Gothic churches and cathedrals is doomed to fail, you might think. Revisiting the architecture of the past to gain inspiration for a new structure is likely to end up looking like an anachronism or cheap copy. Stained glass should never look cheap, let alone soberly technical or drained of spiritual charm. And yet the combination of daylight and glass is hard to beat if the designer is looking to create a lively, inspiring space.

User-oriented school. The Hongodai Christ Church School and nursery in Yokohama/J
Text: Alison Ritter
When the architects and engineers designing the Hongodai Christ Church School and Nursery in Yokohama, Japan embarked on the project, daylight was to be the key feature of the learn-and-play environment. In addition, they were also required to design and build a structure that would withstand earthquakes – and just a few months after completion they were put to test.

Quo vadis lighting design(er)? Lighting designer, wishful thinking and reality
Text: Joachim Ritter
It is not easy to imagine what conditions independent lighting designers were working under 20 years ago. There were no special university courses and the young people embarking on a course of studies right now had only just been born back then and can hardly describe what this means for the lighting industry today. There was no independent magazine dedicated to investigating and publishing information based on design and human biology and giving any real thought to the atmosphere in architectural spaces, where light – as we now know – plays a decisive role.

A whole new world. PLDA workshop makes its mark inGoa/IND
Text: Joachim Ritter
Economically speaking India is what is generally referred to as an emerging market. What does that mean? In India it definitely means radical changes in a country whose potential lies in surface area and key markets. The development of new markets is a process that has been going on for decades. In the decades that lie ahead India is reckoning on developing lighting design as a culture. With the first practical lighting workshops in 2010 and 2011 IIID and PLDA have taken it upon themselves to start the process.

Cosy without incandescents. Villa Knodel in Bergisch- Gladbach/D
Text: Prof. Susanne Brenninkmeijer
The Knodel residence, a private villa in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany is a fine example of how lighting can be designed to create differentiated spatial experiences and cosy atmospheres without using conventional thermal radiators. This is a project that does not simply substitute incandescent lamps for LEDs or compact fluorescent lamps, but applies low-voltage halogen lamps and a BUS system.

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