A parametrically designed, intelligent light canopy placed in the atrium of the Philips Lighting Headquarters in The Netherlands helps people get in the mood for work, relaxation and interaction. Architecture firm LAVA collaborated with INBO and JHK to adapt the existing 1950s building Eindhoven for the new headquarters to design an installation that showcases the impact of lighting on how people use office buildings.
The large light sculpture comprises 1,500 pyramid-shaped panels suspended from the ceiling to filter golden light like tree leaves. It covers the entire atrium space, which once functioned as the central courtyard of the mid 20th century building.
The panels were programmed using low-level artificial intelligence to create daily light scenarios that give people a sense of time and showcase the company’s innovative, people-centric lighting technology. The panel surface reflects natural light coming into the interior through side windows and skylights and creates different light scenarios through the day and calendar year.
Additionally, 500 panels use self-emitting LED lights with an integrated sound absorption and acoustic ceiling system. Depending on the time of day and orientation, the installation creates special environments for different work situations-from concentration, to interaction and relaxation.
Photos by Jonathan Andrew