Lighting design: the growing culture of light
Light's presence provides meaning to the volumes and textures that shape buildings. Beyond the physical function, however, lighting has an emotional and social component that makes it a key element within architectural projects.
An architectural lighting design adapted to the users' well-being necessarily provokes an emotional response on them. Hence, the importance of carrying out a thorough preliminary study that considers not only the technical variables, but also the project's social aspect.
An in-depth knowledge of characteristics, habits and needs of people using a given architectural space will be an advantage when it comes to lighting as an element to improve the experience of using buildings. Thus, it is possible to suggest lighting strategies aimed at creating spaces that combine brightness, well-being and harmony.
Lighting design takes on a critical importance. It requires a combination of technical, aesthetic and experiential knowledge that can enhance the architectural layout or even transform the perception of space through light, always placing the user and their needs at the centre of the design. That is why the lighting strategy must be fully integrated into the architectural project, working from a multidisciplinary team approach involving the lighting designer from the start.
Human Centric lighting - New approaches
Spaces must be adapted to the needs of their users. In this context, lighting understood from a merely quantitative perspective is revealed as incomplete, showing the need to design lighting solutions with a holistic approach, adaptable and integrated into the architectural project from the outset. Understanding both the visual and non-visual effects that light has on people.
In addition, the search for sustainability goes beyond using efficient light sources; the integration of environmentally friendly approaches is necessary, helping to achieve the comprehensive well-being of users and improving their relationship with the environment, avoiding:
- Light pollution
- Intrusive lights
- Over illumination
Olafur Eliasson lighting installation by Alessio Lin
Lamp Awards 2019 by Marcos Sánchez