Photo credit: Phillip Waterman
Photo credit: Phillip Waterman

Photo credit: Phillip Waterman

Photo credit: Phillip Waterman
Photo credit: Phillip Waterman
Photo credit: Phillip Waterman
Photo credit: Phillip Waterman
Photo credit: Phillip Waterman
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Light is the protagonist of a profound revolution in architecture; it motivates space, affirms, evokes, alludes and defends projects

Place: Light First encourages architects to embrace light as a fundamental design tool. Light has the capacity to guide, focus, entertain, inspire and comfort occupants of a building or space. How light and architecture are used together however is often considered at the end of a project’s design development and only for a short time.

Light can be used as a semantic guide, it can be used to break up continuity and define space, it can be used to underscore angles and curves and convert lines into vectors to indicate and emphasises volume. The scope of light is unlimited - and a great to tool for architects to enhance their building and urban designs.

How it works?

Each of the six architectural studios was given a brief that encouraged them to use light to enhance a space or building of their choice. They were then required to produce a hero image showing the integration of light along with a few words to describe their project.

On June 9th, each architect brought their proposal to iGuzzini’s UK offices in Guildford where they had an hour long consultation process with a reputed lighting designer. The reason behind the consultation was to provide the architects with the technical expertise of a lighting designer to further improve their idea. The consultation was followed up with a roundtable chaired by Rory Olcayto, Editor of the Architects’ Journal, involving the six architects and lighting designers. A summary of the discussion can be found on Place: Light First.

Each of the proposals will be showcased in the Architects’ Journal over a six week period. You can read about them on the links below, which will become active as they become available.

Please join us for a Twitterview hosted by @ArchitectsJrnal and @iGuzziniUK on 30th July at 1:00 pm GMT using #PlaceLightFirst 

Summary of the roundtable held on 9th June, 2014

  1. NightSky – AY Architects supported by MBLD
  2. #lightbus – Architecture 00 supported by Speirs and Major
  3. Promenading Light – Erect Architecture supported by BDP
  4. Ohm Sweet Ohm - Osa_KHBT supported by PNLD
  5. Invisible Skylines – vPPR Architects supported by ARUP
  6. Well Lit – RCKa Architects supported by Studio Fractal
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