31.03.2010

Interiors and Lighting

In interior spaces in particular, the usage of light plays a very important role, far beyond the basic concept of guaranteeing adequate brightness. How light and space concepts come together in impressive ways is shown in the sanctuary byAndreas Meck in the parish centre of St. Nikolaus in Neuried near Munich. Its sculptured room extends to two colossal openings, through which diffused daylight streams in. It is as if the borders of the white room dissolve and a mysterious effect becomes a dominant element of the room's experience. Francisco José Mangado Beloqui follows another integrated concept with the design of the archeological museum in Vitoria. Roof lighting that captures light shoots translucent blocks at an angle through the normally dark exhibition space. In the new Alice Tully Hall in New York by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the covering brings the room to light. The veneer of the softly curved wood enclosure is partly punctuated by synthetic resin panels, lighting it from behind; the hall can, before an event »glow«. Further project documentation presents similar noteworthy interior spaces - from play and bedroom furniture for children in Paris to Tirol's timber system house or the central cascading staircase in a Basel administration building through to the intentionally stylish capsule hotel in Kyoto. The contribution to Sauerbruch Hutton's Museum Brandhorst displays a particularly technical lighting element. In this section, the lighting designer Andrew Sedgwick (Arup) compares the light concept of the Munich museum with Renzo Piano's new museum, the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Also in the Discussion section is a closer look at how a basic concept is implemented into an interior. Architects and operators demonstrate the development process of a hotel in Munich, on which Hild und K created the interior including different furniture and light concepts.
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