Licht Kunst Licht publishes Volume 5 of Work Reports Series

15th August 2022

(Germany) – The office of Licht Kunst Licht has been publishing its completed projects in the form of work reports since 2005. Now, its fifth volume – Licht Kunst Licht 5: Lighting Design for Architecture – has been published.

Licht Kunst Licht 5 is a comprehensive work, spanning 340 pages, documenting the high quality and technical lighting expertise in the studio’s designs.

“We understand light as an integral part of architecture and always try to realise our projects with as few elements as possible in order to focus on the overall atmosphere,” said Andreas Schulz, Founder of Licht Kunst Licht on the premise of his office’s work.

The respectful and analytical view of the architectural design or the existing built space forms a solid foundation for aesthetically, functionally, and technically sophisticated lighting concepts. Examples include the Oscar Niemeyer Sphere in Leipzig, the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, and the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament in Stuttgart – three of the 18 selected projects presented in the new work report in text and images, with large-format illustrations and comparisons of day and night views. The complexity and special challenges in the design processes for projects such as the German Ivory Museum or the Underground Bicycle Parking Garage on the Novartis Campus in Basel are vividly illustrated using scaled models, as well as 1:1 mock-ups.

Licht Kunst Licht, however, does not exclusively cater to rational lighting design that is tied to architecture. “Our publication shows the entire spectrum of our work and also documents many projects that are known through other press releases, and above all, through the many international architecture and lighting awards that these projects have won,” added Schulz.

The luminaire development department is also featured in the new work report and presents not only the lighting design competence of Licht Kunst Licht but also its special expertise in product design.

In a separate chapter, for the first time, the office introduces selected projects on which the team is currently working. The informative collages include impressions of the Elbtower in Hamburg, the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, and the large-scale Frankfurt Airport Terminal 3 project.

In her introduction “Light – Space – Art”, Dr. Vera Simone Bader, art historian and research associate at the Architectural Museum of the Technical University Munich, addresses the questions of how light functions in space and spaces with light and invites a discourse on the theory and background of design with light. Using examples from history, art, and architecture, she illustrates the different ways in which light can be perceived on an emotional and aesthetic level.

The fifth volume was once again designed in collaboration with the dedicated team from the Cologne-based studio polylog (formerly F1rstdesign) and, like its predecessors, is published by av edition in Stuttgart. Just like in 2016, the release of the book is to be celebrated again this year: A big book release party will take place in late summer in Berlin.