Lightscaping: Light as Building Material

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Shanghai studio AIM Architecture has designed the office for Soho China, the property developers behind Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho, creating an entrance with reflective strips of light that give the illusion of a never-ending grid | Courtesy Architonic Creative light-shaping by architects and interior architects, married with ingenious, technologically driven lighting solutions, are changing the way we experience, interact with and use light in work, contract and other spaces

Architonicby Alex Bradley

LONDON — On this bright and sunny Saturday morning, the sunlight is at a typically acute angle for the time of year, stretching shadows down the street and catching the form and details of the buildings beautifully. Unfortunately, from Monday to Friday, most of us arrive and leave for work in dim light and are then tucked away in our offices during the day, missing out almost completely on Nature’s light display.

Exposure to sunlight regulates many of our biological functions, including mood, sleep and energy levels. Just as light is crucial to our wellbeing, it is of course a crucial element for every interior. We can thank the Romans for popping glass into window-shaped…

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