Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors for Designers and Architects

Thames & Hudson. Mar. 2016. 256p. illus. ISBN 9780500518342. $50. ARCH
This fascinating book exhibits light as an art form on a global scale, from Japan and Finland to Denver, CO, where the new Clyfford Still Museum recently opened after two years of work on the proper public skylight illumination for Still's magnificent paintings. The work of mainly European architects, designers, artists, sculptors, engineers, and painters is highlighted for their permanent installations in churches, residences, public works, retail stores, etc.—even the main stairwell of Versailles—as well as for their temporal projects for arts festivals worldwide. The result is entirely transformative: spiritual, reflective, refractive, artistic, and meditative as a result of nature, technology, and aesthetics coming together to form minimalism and sustainability. Space frames, wall piercings, monolights, chandeliers, super-thin OLED panels, self-supporting BIT lights, fiber-optic cable pipelines, and even CRI (color rendering index) are all pictured and described briefly and notably. In the age of apocalyptic climate change, this book speaks volumes about the value of art as light, both projected and immanent, of which works here boast beyond the ordinary fluorescent and iridescent that illuminate our environments.
VERDICT Lumitecture replaces architecture in this title that is mainly recommended for architecture, art, and design libraries.

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