In future, is the quality of life at home no longer going to depend on where our home is situated? Can we create, in a concrete jungle, a perceived living experience that comes close to that of a house in the Alps or the Caribbean? Anyone who thinks that this is just a far-off dream should take a look at the new technologies, which, for example, reproduce a deceptively real sunlight effect that changes dynamically as the day goes by.
The brightest sunlight can fill even the darkest of cellars
The Italian company CoeLux S.r.l. has developed an optical system, based on nanotechnology, which can not only artificially create natural sunlight, but can also reproduce the sun itself and the sky to go with it – and to a degree that is deceptively real. The position and thus the angle of the rays, as well as the sky, change during the course of the day. The luminaires that create the effect can be mounted on the ceiling or on a wall, thus giving the impression of windows or roof lights. And the key thing about it is that it doesn’t matter in the least where the room is, whether it has access to natural light or whether it is actually in the darkest of cellars.
Californian light in a restaurant in Denmark
In one of their latest projects, Coelux have managed to bring the light of the Californian sun to visi-tors at a restaurant in Copenhagen that draws its inspiration from the West Coast of America. It is like Skype for where you live. Will it soon no longer matter where you are and, in contrast, be much more important which reality can technically be created? We see that our question “What’s real” is increasingly becoming a question of the moment.
Architects need to be the pioneers of new concepts of space
Light is, of course, the most important thing, because without it nothing visual can exist; but over and above that, there are, today, already many technical possibilities for controlling human percep-tion. In other contributions here, we have already spoken of the possible impact of virtual reality and augmented reality on the design of living spaces. We think that it really is now time for architects not only to use new technologies in existing con-cepts for homes and rooms, but also for them to become pioneers in an architectural revolution, which throws into question everything that has gone before.
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