From Burnt-out Pier to Light Art Installation

Fast Company
writes that Creatmosphere, a British lighting design firm, has turned Brighton, England’s 1,000-foot long pier into a light art installation called “A Pier/Appears.” In 2003, the pier was burnt “to a crisp in a series of fires.” There have been numerous plans to rebuild the pier, but none have been realized due to the enormous costs involved. In a more low-cost solution, Creatmosphere outlined the 1866 building’s original form using neon-green, high-power lasers. 

While illuminated buildings have had a long history, lighting designers are now taking building lighting design in new directions. Buildings that incorporate light design into their facades are gaining in popularity, writes Fast Company.

Read the article and see more photos

For more on current trends in architectural lighting design read a Metropolis magazine piece on Speirs and Major Associates’s well-known lighting design work.

Also, Metropolis recently wrote a series of “what’s next?” articles focused on possible future trends in various design disciplines. Lighting is an area of innovation. “Dr. Mariana Figueiro, the program director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, thinks the way we design spaces and the impact those spaces have on us will change dramatically—and soon.”

In comments to Metropolis, Dr. Figueiro said: “Professional lighting designers are starting to be attuned to the health effects of light. You are going to be seeing a lot more dynamic lighting, rather than static on/off schemes.” Read Metropolis’s predictions for the future of lighting design.

Lastly, check out a TED talk with Olafur Eliasson, a light and space designer, who created New York City’s Hudson River “Waterfalls” art piece.

Image credit: Creatmosphere

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