Architects are patently, universally, passionately obsessed with light.
Some more than others, but I guarantee that no matter how distant two architects backgrounds or ideologies, they’ll be able to talk extensively about how light works in the buildings they love. That’s what makes a new lighting technology, developed by an Italian professor and potentially coming to the United States within months, so exciting. A combination of LEDs and nanoparticles, all compressed within a thin panel, recreate the glow and brightness of the sun to unreal levels. The photograph above was taken indoors with a solid roof overhead. The architectural potential of such a technology could be broad and deep, from revitalizing underground spaces to fighting seasonal affective disorder. Read on to disocover how the technology works and what challenges it faces.
Top Image: Courtesy CoeLux, Photographer Michael Loos