Cover: Piero Lissoni’s contribution to Water Design, a special design project on the theme of saving water.
Picture: Simone Furiosi. See page 94.
18 Alvar Aalto
The Finnish architect’s buildings are a homage to the landscape, light and culture of his home
country, and challenge the idea of a ‘rootless international modern architecture’.
40 Art of darkness
The discussion about the role of darkness and shadow in our lives is no longer purely an
aesthetic issue, argues architect and lighting designer Mark Major.
50 Life in a supraliminal world
Those who attended the fifth Professional Lighting Design Convention in Rome were told that
it’s time to rethink the way that light and shadow change the world around us.
58 Dwellings exposed
In his RIBA exhibition, Exposure, architect Phil Coffey revealed images from his travels. He
explains the impulse to seek out new people and places, and how they inform his work.
71 Design File
Oodles of inspirational projects, kicking off with the Night of Heritage Light, an event to
celebrate the Unesco International Year of Light by illuminating World Heritage Sites
88 Project: Hotel N’Orma
Hotel N’Orma is one of the world’s smallest hotels; it only sleeps four guests in two rooms. But
it thinks big with lighting that creates drama and contrast.
94 Project: Liquid engineering
How do you make water conservation sexy? Bring top designers to Milan and let them play
with water, light and life. Nicky Trevett reports.
102 Project: Mall is beautiful
Sensational lighting ensured the Mall of Scandinavia opened its doors to galvanic effect.
Nicky Trevett asks if this project could signal a new age of lighting-oriented retail design.
112 Project: Across the divide
Disparate architectural spaces are linked to create Oxford Brookes University’s new student
centre, smoothed and warmed by a user-friendly lighting scheme.
120 Project: Degrees of separation
A glowing box on the outside, a floating otherworldly space on the inside. Architect Sophie
Hicks explains the thinking behind her design for Acne Studios’ store in Seoul.
The power of groups is illustrated in the use of clouds of suspended pendant luminaires for
dramatic effect and we also explore some examples of coloured glass in architecture.
The Star is a five-storey installation in Penang, Malaysia – an illuminated dodecahedron made
from LED strips and nearly 500m of steel cables
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