The Roskilde Waste to Energy Plant, designed by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat, is spectacularly lit with animated colours to provide a secular spire for the Danish town; photo Tim van de Velde

Illuminating stuff

When Swiss architectural grandee Peter Zumthor spoke of the defining fundamental elements of architecture in his RIBA lecture in London a couple of years ago, he chose to demote form in favour of light, shadow and even smell. Light, in its wonderful immateriality, remains a perennial source of creativity for architects internationally, who continually seek to explore its functional, aesthetic and symbolic possibilities.

In this issue of our newsletter you'll find:

  • Event Agenda November – December 2015
  • The Light Fantastic: light in architecture
  • Material Tendencies N° 9: Luca Nichetto
  • WorkOf x Architonic Studio Tours: Red Hook Studio Tours
  • Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’: Glazed Expression, The Trendsetter, Contract Creations, Here and Now: new wayfinding and place-making, Tolerie Forezienne: Signs that reflects the Louis Vuitton Foundation iceberg
  • Inspiring Search Results N° 47: LED lights
  • Inspiring Spaces N° 39: Concert halls
  • Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic: kimu design studio, Kateřina Handlová, dua


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Event Agenda November - December 2015

Japan Home & Building Show 2015 Tokyo

18 – 20 November 2015


Japantex 2015, Tokyo JP

18 – 20 November 2015


neue räume 2015, Zurich CH

18 – 22 November 2015


architect@work 2015, Paris FR

19 – 20 November 2015


Blickfang 2015, Zurich CH

20 – 22 November 2015


The Big 5 2015, Dubai AE

23 – 26 November 2015


Mebel Moscow 2015, RU

23 – 27 November 2015


architect@work 2015, Milan IT

25 – 26 November 2015


The Sleep Event 2015, London UK

25 – 26 November 2015


IFFT/Lifestyle Living 2015, Tokyo JP

25 – 27 November 2015


architect@work 2015, Düsseldorf DE

02 – 03 December 2015


Iidex Canada 2015, Toronto CA

02 – 03 December 2015


Design Miami 2015, Miami US

02 – 06 December 2015


Miami Ironside 2015, Miami US

02 – 10 December 2015


Home Table Deco Fair 2015, Seoul KR

10 – 13 December 2015


The Light Fantastic

Text: Lachlan Anderson-Frank

That most intangible, yet fundamental, of architectural elements – light – takes centre-stage across a number of recent beacon projects internationally.

The Roskilde Waste to Energy Plant, designed by Dutch architect Erick van Eegeraat, is spectacularly lit with animated colours to provide a secular spire for the Danish town; photo Tim van de Velde

Le Corbusier famously said that architecture was a game of ‘forms assembled in light’. The use of artificial lighting to enhance architectural form has grown increasingly popular in parallel with the rapid development of LED technologies. Four recent projects stand out for their innovative use of lighting; projects where lighting is used in a sophisticated way to enrich not just forms, but architectural concepts as well.

Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza uses softly glowing lighting behind its perforated metal facade to enhance the futuristic look of its endlessly curving walls; photos Virgile Simon Bertrand

Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza plays with light and shadow, turning LED lighting into a kind of paint on polished aluminium. The facades of this sinuous cultural complex in downtown Seoul are perforated in a way which animates the surface of the monolithic curves by providing glimpses of a backlit inner layer. The softly glowing effect that has been achieved is a testament to Hadid’s handling of sculptural form, here enhanced and almost ornamented by light itself, playing across her computer generated surfaces and offering a glimpse into a parametric future.


Material Tendencies N° 9: Luca Nichetto

While running offices in Venice and Stockholm, Luca Nichetto never forgets his roots, due not least to his deep respect for craftsmanship. With no sign of slowing down, the Venetian designer’s intention is to create objects that are connected with the life of people and that have a concept behind them.

Architonic spoke to Luca Nichetto about his collaborative approach to design and his choice of materials.

Luca Nichetto - photo © Architonic

I would probably choose glass. The reason is very simple – I am a romantic person, and growing up in Murano, Venice, it was the first material that I started to work with. My grandfather worked with glass and my mother was also involved in the glass industry, so I have some kind of personal relationship with this material. Glass is really magic, how it is done and how you can manipulate it in a way. It is the kind of material you need to know very well. I like to say that the glass industries were kind of the first 3D‐printing. 

Zimmer + Rohde interior contract award: The winners have been choosen

The award-winning architects’ offices of the second Zimmer + Rohde interior contract award for exceptional textile design in interior spaces are Inside Outside/Amsterdam, Michele Rondelli/Zürich and El Equipo Creativo/Barcelona.

They were selected by an independent, high quality jury from 130 nominated projects in eight categories. Their work epitomised the intention of the competition: to create visionary perspectives for textile spaces.


WorkOf X Architonic | Red Hook Studio Tours

WorkOf and Architonic have joined forces to document the status quo of the buzzing Brooklyn designer/maker scene. Each month, we will cover a different Brooklyn neighbourhood with a series of interviews and studio tours, starting with the Red Hook area. The industrial and longtime maritime neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and weather worn facades, has the type of patina that only comes with time. Located just beyond the reach of the last train stops, these isolated surroundings have resulted in the development of a unique creative enclave that is home to some of New York’s best artists and designers.

photo © Melissa Walbridge

photo © Melissa Walbridge

photo © Melissa Walbridge

photo © Melissa Walbridge

Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’

Glazed Expression

Text: Giovanna Dunmall

It’s ten years and counting for DesignTaleStudio, high-end Italian tile manufacturer CERAMICHE REFIN’s in-house research lab, which continues to push the boundaries of what’s technically and aesthetically possible in ceramics through its bold collaborations.

The Trendsetter

Text: Ulrich Büttner

Heimtextil, the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, opens its doors in Frankfurt am Main for four days from 12 to 15 January 2016. As the secret heart of the trade fair, the ‘Theme Park’ will be presenting international trends under the motto ‘Well-Being 4.0’ in a more than spacious setting in Hall 6.

Contract Creations

Text: Ulrich Büttner

Four days in Frankfurt in the new year see the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles – HEIMTEXTIL – invite architects, designers and other trade professionals from all round the world to discover the latest trends and innovations. This unique event runs from 12 to 15 January 2016.

Here and Now: new wayfinding and place-making

Text: Richard Wolfströme

Wayfinding and place-making is, well, going places. Graphic designer and place-making specialist Richard Wolfströme looks at what happens when 2D gives 3D architectural space that extra dimension.

Tolerie Forezienne: Signs that reflects the Louis Vuitton Foundation iceberg

Text: Tolerie Forezienne 

Paris – The Louis Vuitton Foundation has opened the doors of its showplace dedicated to contemporary design, in the heart of the bois de Boulogne. Designed as a complete work of art, even the signage for visitors – by TF, using a concept from Zélé and Téra-création – meets the aesthetic and functional requirements of this new, iconic art centre.

Tile and Laminis: how to create new spaces with luminous walls

When the need is to create space or to divide it, the glass tiles by Fabbian Illuminazione are the ideal solution to maintain the brightness of the room and, indeed, to embellish it with the style and the uniqueness of Tile and Laminis. These special compositional collections do not set limits to the ideas of the architect or designer, the solutions can be highly customized thanks to the modular products. In addition, these architectural walls can be composed of one or more glass layers, illuminated by a light source or not. Separating environments with elegance is no longer a problem, let the projects' gallery inspire you.



Inspiring Search Results N° 47

Outdoor lighting > Wall lights > LED lights

Inspiring Spaces N° 39

Concert halls

Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

kimu design studio

The New Old Lightcopper family
Taipei | Taiwan | 2014

Kateřina Handlová

Shibari Lighting
Prague | Czech Republic | Completed 2014
photographer: Anna Pleslová


Vase & Leuchte
Germany | Prototype 2012
photographer: Tanja Evers