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How Artificial Lighting can Improve (or Worsen) Architecture

Of the varying aspects of architectural and interior design, lighting is one element that can visually enhance or destroy a space. This influence stems from the wide range of artificial lighting designed for the most widely differing tasks, environments, and purposes, including internal and even external spaces such as facades and landscape projects. Think of two environments with the same dimensions and layout. Suppose that in the first, only one point of light was applied - a general, unspecified point of light in this case - while in the second a light project was performed considering the use of space and valuing certain aspects of the architectural design. Undoubtedly, the second option is a more pleasant space. In the same way, poor lighting design can ruin an environment. But how is it possible to achieve these different results?

In a previous article, we already showed how to calculate the correct light intensity required for each environment. Here, we compile a list of some of the key types of lighting systems.

The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq

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Paris, France
  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

FRAC Bretagne Museum / Studio Odile Decq

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Rennes, France
  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012