Le Corbusier once stated that “light creates the ambiance and sense of place, as well as the expression of the structure.” Despite the external techniques and design choices made within the public spaces, such as the way the space is created, the use of color and materiality, these elements would be essentially useless without proper use of lighting.
The design choices and decisions of many architects cater to the general lighting of a particular environment, and the intended feeling and mood that architects want members of the public to experience as they occupy the space. Therefore, lighting should be integrated into furnishings and architecture as lighting plays a crucial role in creating the right atmosphere. Low lighting creates an intimate and upscale atmosphere, particularly within restaurants, bars and lounge areas, where people are more willing to get close to one another.
Moriyuki Ochiai Architects are active in architecture, interior, furniture, landscape, and industrial design by keeping pace with the Japanese spirit of monodukuri, which means ‘to produce’ or ‘making things’ as the core of their craftsmanship. Below, we’ll outline their projects that show ways in which lighting can be manipulated through the use of different ceiling fixtures to evoke feelings and create atmosphere.
Light as a Design Statement: Creative Ways to Use Artificial Lighting
The aluminum flower garden arose as a result of the company’s challenge to create a concept that would evoke the floral images of the institution’s namesake. In a country with limited resources, such as Japan, architects and designers alike are called upon to focus on the spirit of the Monodzukuri in the process. Inspired by this cultural background, they used one finite material, aluminum, as a simple flat surface on which to create a three-dimensional space that simultaneously performs different functions.
A sheet of aluminum spread across the ceiling, fills the space with its light and airy presence, wrinkling like twinkling and fluttering petals covering the ceiling, revealing to visitors in a flowery embrace. The viewing position and angle of view throughout the space, as well as the reflection of images and lights, also permanently redefine the appearance of the environment, allowing the viewer to experience a more temporary and diverse atmosphere.
At Light Cave, the architects implemented the interior design of a restaurant bar in a long, narrow, cave-like space where dynamic ridges and grooves form luminous swings that subtly create a space folded into a shimmering burst of light. Shimmering slivers of light adorn the area next to the entrance, similar to shards of ice or crystal, giving the place a serene ambiance reminiscent of light on a cold winter’s day.
Like a free-roaming living creature, luminous aluminum waves circulate in the air and intertwine with the red wooden grille at the boundary of the rear area facing the large windows, the result is a space full of lively movement. The characteristic wrinkles of light in front and behind the cave resonate with shards of light, luminous aluminum and red wooden lattice in its path, bringing each miniature into alignment and merging into a unique ensemble. The architects sought to create a world in which one could wander in a warm cave and enjoy changing landscapes where our bodies become surrounded by a whirlpool of vibrant life.
In the case of Crystalscape, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects carried out the interior design for a beauty salon. They sought to create a space that envelops the body in such radiance by transforming the entire ceiling into a luminous crystal that symbolizes the radiance associated with beautiful, vibrant, lustrous hair. The light reflecting off the metallic waves and penetrating the white lattice produces intricate and constantly evolving expressions throughout the entire space which enables individuals to experience an ever-changing atmosphere where the multi-layered structure is perceived differently depending on their relative position and line of sight anywhere. given time.
Within the space, subtle changes in natural light throughout the day and changing seasons can be felt, and by increasing the density of the structures in the central corridor, the ceiling height is lowered to divide the rhythm and create a comfortable and inviting space as one plunges into solitude as you pass underneath. The architects sought to honor the beauty of poetry and replicate the spatial experience of deep depth through the repetitive slip of layers of grid and metal.
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