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Lighting Powers of 10

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Office for Visual Interaction is founded on a powerful vision: using light as a primary architectural material, which through its interaction with surfaces can dramatically transform spaces. Our practice constantly investigates and engages the compelling potential of light at many scales of design. We start each project by looking at the big picture – the spirit of a city, the narrative of a building – and translating it into a corresponding lighting concept. Step by step, we develop that idea down to its smallest component. Our lighting becomes meticulously attuned to the architecture it illuminates, from its largest conceptual aspirations to its tiniest details. Lighting Powers of 10 offers insight into our approach through a close examination of four projects: an LED streetlight for New York City currently in prototyping, lighting for the Scottish Parliament Building complex and grounds, an energy-efficient scheme for the New York Times headquarters, and illumination of the United States Air Force Memorial. A mix of photos, working drawings, and full-scale models trace the development of each project through a range of scales – from regional considerations spanning hundreds of kilometers (10+5), to nano-scale wavelength manipulations (10 -7). At each scale, we find new opportunities for invention, which we explore and develop through in-depth research and precision engineering. The resulting work integrates lighting seamlessly with architecture. Jean Sundin and Enrique Peiniger

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