Private residence, Zürich
Architect: Weisser Architektur & Bau AG
Product: VarioLED™ Flex VENUS White SV IP67, VarioLED™ Flex HYDRA HD25, VarioLED™ Flex ZEUS2, VarioLED™ Flex VENUS White TV IP67
LED Linear Partner: LIGHT ON, Ebmatingen
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Photos: Daniel Kessler, Zürich
This modern family house has two highlights, which proved to be a special lighting challenge: heart of the house is an over all floors leading, 8-meter-high wall of water. To visually underline the effect of the gently flowing water, LIGHT ON used LED strips in a stainless steel profiles from top and bottom, illuminating the wall with linear grazing light. Another ambitious solution was developed for the bar made of onyx stone. To make the colorfully drawn, translucent stone work optimally, the entire bar was backlit with VarioLED ™ Flex HYDRA HD25. The niches in the bathroom and a spiral staircase are illuminated by lighting fixtures of the VENUS family.
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The Effect Of Coloured Light On The Human Body
Artists and interior architects have long understood that colours can affect our feelings, emotions and mood. This is why the rooms in a hospital are often green – green calms and reduces stress. Other colours such as red, orange, yellow, blue, etc., have a different effect on the body. Chromotherapy, a.k.a. colour therapy studies these effects.
Chromotherapy or colour therapy is based on the premise that colours and light can be used to correct physical ailments. Depending on the location and nature of the ailment a specific colour may ease it.
One of the first scientists to consider the effect of colours was August Pleasonton. In 1876 he published ‘The Influence of the Blue Ray of Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky’ in which he studied how blue can stimulate the growth of plants and cattle. He also mentioned that this colour can help make the human body better. This book introduced chromotherapy into modern medicine.
Colour therapy should not be confused with light therapy. In light therapy a person is exposed to a bright white light over a certain time. Light therapy is often used to treat skin diseases (more specifically psoriasis), sleep disorders and certain psychic problems.
Colours and their meaning
Studies have shown that people are able to distinguish approximately 10 million colours. These colours can be broken down into three primary colours: yellow, red and blue. Usually in chromotherapy, the secondary colours are added, more specifically orange, purple and green. Each of these colours has a certain meaning:
Red – The libido booster
Red is a warm colour linked to the kidneys, backbone and sense of smell. This colour gives more energy and is ideal for people who are often over-tired. Active people can use red light therapy to combat muscle and joint stiffness. And finally it also boosts sexual desires. Yellow – The depression killer
People with a difficult digestion can treat this with yellow light. This colour is associated with the stomach, liver and intestines. People with a depression could also benefit from yellow colour therapy. Blue – The bringer of peace
Blue is the counterpart of red. It can be used to lower high blood pressure or calm people down. Blue light can also help in the treatment of migraine. Your throat, ears and mouth are linked to this colour. Green – The strength provider
Green is the colour of nature. Green light therapy stimulates the creation of growth hormones and strengthens muscles, bones and other tissues. It can also boost your body’s immune system. Purple – The Nightcap
Purple light can help you fall asleep. It also reduces emotional and mental stress. The nervous system and eyes are linked with this secondary colour. Contrary to red light, purple light decreases sexual desires. Orange – The creativity source
Does your job demand a lot of creativity? Then orange can help. Orange stimulates the creative thought process and helps you come up with new ideas. This colour is linked to breathing. Breastfeeding women could benefit from orange light because it stimulates the production of breast milk. Coloured lighting cannot only create a certain atmosphere, it also affects our body.
By Jamie A.
39 Victoria Street, London, United Kingdom
The refurbishment of this key building in Victoria involved the relighting of the main office floors with low energy lighting and the creation of an impressive new entry experience.
A special canopy feature was developed with integrated lighting built-in to visually link the interior spaces to the external streetscape. A series of canter-lever arms extend through the interior lobby and are brought together to form a canopy at the entry point on the streetscape. Adjustable lighting offers the facility for varying coloured presentations. Whilst a set colour balance is used at most times in a static mode, for special occasions the colours, tone and brightness can be set to different levels.
The lighting controls utilise the DMX protocol which in this project is on a wireless network, due to the complex nature of the building and the tight voids which precluded traditional cable ways to be threaded through the structure.