From natural sunlight to edge-lit-glass, the use of architectural lighting has the power to transform.

“The importance of lighting design and the expertise that lighting designers bring to projects has never been more evident.”
Architectural Lighting editor-in-chief Elizabeth Donoff.

Here we share five projects that champion architecture and light:

1. Southlight Pavilion, Rhode Island

Rhode Island School of Design students used standard greenhouse parts to build this outdoor venue. Tongue-and-groove translucent polycarbonate cladding was used to illuminate the interior during the day, and its surroundings at night through the continuous glow of the interior lighting.

Via Dezeen

2. Bahá’í Temple, South America

The Bahá’í Temple, winner of the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award takes inspiration from the Bahá’i conception of light as a symbol of unity. Visitors are welcomed to the building through nine entrances in order to cover all directions.

Via Arch Daily.

3. Gates of Light, Netherlands

Part of a trio of installations by Studio Roosegaarde. This work celebrates the 32-kilometer-long dike that protects the Netherlands from flooding. Inspired by a butterfly’s wings, 60 floodgates have a reflective layer that illuminates when a car passes by.

Via Arch Lighting.

4. Ascent, Singapore

470-metres of spandrel lighting wraps around the lower retail block and embraces the central courtyard where a conserved rain tree stands. The perimeter was crafted using meters of translucent ‘U’ channel glass modules.


5. Skyscape Penn Station, New York

Our bespoke light installation, spanning the length of the ceiling at the new west end concourse of the Moynihan Train Hall, Penn Station, New York City. The project has recently been shortlisted in the darc awards for ‘Best Light Art Scheme – High Budget’

Browse our lighting projects for further inspiration.