Thoughts | Volumes under the light
Volumes under the light. Since the construction of the first cabins to the skyscrapers of today, humans have always been fascinated by the effect of light on architecture. It is one of the most influential elements in the configuration of our environment as we now know it.
Manipulating, understanding, mastering and avoiding light are the biggest challenges of any architectural project. The purpose goes beyond just illuminating a space. Architecture, since ancient times, has used light poetically as well as practically, creating sensations, dramatic and theatrical effects, or as a sensory experience for the viewer. As Le Corbusier said ‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.’
Opening up gaps in a dark space and putting materials and surfaces under the effect of the light. Observing their brilliance, texture and reflections. That is what a project is all about.
The skilful use of light in architecture can also completely alter the perception, function and meaning of a space, or even a complete building, as well as positively or negatively affecting the mood and wellbeing of its users.
Its use also depends on the geographical environment we find ourselves in. Eastern cultures filter out light with fabrics and enjoy the small glimmers that bounce around in the darkness. Mediterranean cultures, meanwhile, use white freely in their interiors to project light and keep things cool, protecting themselves with high walls or overhangs to make patios or porches. Light for us in the Mediterranean is the main element shaping the architecture.