Beyond Light_Outside Shine
How can one design outdoor illumination to crate comfort and offer easy possibilities to orientate oneself, and at the same time offer an interesting experience and spatial qualities to promote a sense of identity and belonging?
Beyond Light seeks to make the city more attractive after the fall of dark. To create appealing surroundings with a distinct atmosphere giving a sense of identity and belonging. We seek to create surroundings that fosters safety, comfort and neutral perception of other people.
We imagine that this project can be used in parks, in pedestrian tunnels, along streets and as an elongation of different buildings. We imagine this in public spaces crowded with people, places where people are “forced” to move at all times during day and night, throughout the year. These can be spaces people perceive as uncomfortable, and hence hesitate to move through.
Today one of the greatest problems is glare from consistent use of skylight. This leads to a poor visual contact with your surroundings, which again can enhance the feeling of being uncomfortable. Lighting in these spaces often lack a defined direction, which in traditional street illumination creates an unfortunate shadow play, for instance in peoples faces, hence assign meeting people a negative character.
One goal for the product in itself was for it to be a module system, which easily can be adjusted to different situations in public spaces. The product is self-running based on alternative sources of energy, like sun, wind and water.
The product combines primarily and secondarily illumination in one fixture. This gives the possibility to work with clean directions of illumination, and also indirect illumination to create atmosphere and character. In addition the direction of the light is chanced from skylight to be lead directly onto for instance a pathway.
Beyond Light_Outside Shine can contribute to make people feel safer in public spaces outdoor.
mmw architects have been collaborating with interior architect / room designer Marthe Skaale Johansen on Beyond Light.