Architectural Lighting Works: all projects

The team leader, architect Piero Castiglioni has assigned Marco Petrucci as Senior Lighting Designer and Mauro Zani as an engineer, specialized in architectural lighting work. The constant search for innovation and continuous dialogue to meet the needs of customers translates into a continuous lighting study that is brought to life with lighting solutions. This section includes all the recently implemented projects and the projects being developed.

Main view - entrance of the cathedral
Roma Trastevere Hotel&Spa
Hong Kong Chin Lin Main Hall
Luigi Rovati Foundation in Milan - project lighting
Hong Kong Chin Li Pagoda
Led Lights: Projects - detail of the lighting fixture
Switzerland Geneva Saint-Pierre Cathedral internal global view
Monastero di Viboldone Lighting - building lights
San Pellegrino Headquarters: view the Lights Projects
Showroom Miticauto ferrari car - retail lighting design
Light design mitic suspension - led lightsing design
Conservatoire de Musique detail - project lighting
Sala del Gran Consiglio, Friburgo - Lights
Isrò Exhibition in Milan great graphic panels - museum lighting design
Lausanne ECA Headquarters: external view - architectural lighting
Lighting Device Tarsius - led light design
San Donato SNAM Headquarters - architectural lighting
Private House Light Fall in Milan - retail lighting design
Milan Portello District - main project view
Bergamo Routes EXPO 2015 - main project view
architecture Lighting for Antakya Museum Hotel
Venezia Papadopoli Palace Aman Resorts main room- architectural outdoor lighting
San Donato ENI Headquarters - main project view
External view of Ex-Chiattone Palace
Trento MUSE Science Museum - main project view
Triennale Palace Pierluigi Ghianda Exhibition - main project view
Palace Gae Aulenti Exhibition: Bio of Gae Aulenti
Brera Botanical Garden - main project view
Mantova Te Palace Civic Museum - main project view
Iran Ahvaz Bridges lighting - main project view
Rome Imperial Forums - main project view
San Francesco Airport: Lights Project
Palermo Branciforte Palace - project view
Dugnano Public Library Tilane relax room - building lights
Como Ex St. Francis Church Silvano Bulgari Exhibition - main project view
Alessandria Vetus Palace - main project view
Klotild Palace Facade Lighting - main project view
Yacht Sailing Boat Mandrake - main project view
Turkey Bodrum Vicem Lu frontal view - building lights
Rome Venezia Palace - main project view
Rome Barberini Palace- main project view
Royal Palace Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibition - main project view
Jil Sander Showroom in Milan - main project view
Expo 2015 Lighting Masterplan - building lights
Veracruz Fortaleza de San Juan de Ulua - main project view
Planetarium Baths of Diocletian - main project view
Rome Baths of Diocletian I Segreti del Cielo Cascella Exhibition - main project view
Pierluigi Ghianda Library detail
Yacht Mangusta 130 MAO internal view - retail lighting design
Building light
Schifanoia Palace The Months Hall main view - building lighting design
Fribourg St. Pierre Church in Switzerland - internal view
Church of Santa Maria Rossa - main project view
Pordenone St. Mark's Bell Tower night view - building lighting design

To obtain correct lighting solutions, we must consider that aesthetics always come after ethics— first what "to do", and then "how to do it". Analyzing the context in which an object is located is an operation that suggests the correct lighting. Creativity does not mean improvisation without method; we must be protagonists of our learning.

Architecture is part of our personal history and, whether or not we are aware of it, most of our activities are carried out in buildings, houses, offices, restaurants, and commercial activities. From these reflections, we understand the importance of architecture and all that it involves, including lighting solutions. The Roman architect Vitruvius wrote that "Well building hath three conditions: firmness, commodity, and delight". Commodity refers to the intended use of the building: are the designed spaces suitable for the purpose for which it was built?

Is the building correctly located in the urban context? Firmness regards the structural aspect: are the materials and the construction suitable for that building? In that specific place? In that climate? Delight refers to the aesthetic aspect, even if this implies a multiplicity of personal judgments.

Good architectural lighting work must integrate perfectly with these three parameters, enabling shape, structure, function, and beauty to emerge. Each of us has his own mindset, due to his professional training, tradition, and culture, but we must try to imagine why a designer has thought that way and why he has chosen a certain way to develop his project. There isn’t a single reason for lighting design, but neither is there a single solution to its requirements, which is why the designer makes a choice that he considers optimal.

Light: A Subject and Tool for Designers

Collaboration with architects and engineers is important because they give shape and function to the space in which lighting solutions will be applied. In reference to the relationship between light and architecture, Gae Aulenti said, "By day a window is a beautiful lamp". Le Corbusier affirmed that "Architecture is the skillful, rigorous and magnificent play of volumes assembled in the light", highlighting how architecture and natural light are inextricably linked to each other and that the former couldn’t exist without the latter. Natural light has been used for centuries as the primary source of illumination inside living spaces and has always been an integral part of the architectural project.

We must consider that natural light is not the same everywhere: its characteristics, nuances, and colors vary in relation to geographical and territorial coordinates. The ability to interpret this variability becomes an important tool that distinguishes the most sophisticated architectural lighting work on both a conceptual and technological level. A testimony to the role of natural light in architecture is taken from “De Architectura” by Vitruvio, in which the academic highlights the importance of orientation and irradiation in the building project. During the Renaissance, natural light influenced the architectural project, not only because of its illuminating function but also as a means of creating an aesthetic effect on the illuminated environment.

The potential of natural light, which was overshadowed in the 1900s by the increasing availability of low-cost electricity, is now being rediscovered and enhanced by a careful and increasingly scrupulous lighting study. In contemporary architecture, natural light has once again claimed a central role in the project, becoming, itself, material for architecture, like the other materials used to define the interior and exterior environments.  Spanish architect Campo Baeza uses light to activate the containing space by introducing an element that fills and enhances it. The beam of light crosses its spaces diagonally, a far-reaching horizontal light grazing the floor to mark the void.

We are not referring to diffused light or to the illumination and homogeneous values of light in distinct internal or external planes of a volume, but to something much more concrete: a mark of light, like an element that hypothetically acts and gradually changes its shape according to the movement of the sun during the day, like a real protagonist passing the baton to artificial light. This highlights how architectural lighting work is as effective as it is indispensable in the management of natural light.

Japanese architect Tadao Ando designs houses as "tools to take control of nature. The construction materials are not limited to wood or concrete, which have tangible forms, but go beyond those to also include the wind and light". Shadow, sunlight, and geometry result in experiential phenomena. If the architect is dealing with this natural phenomenon of light, an architectural space can create different shadows. A fundamental goal is to open our eyes and see the changing events of daylight and the seasons. This is a clear conception that leads to geometry, structure, and material, and shapes the spaces with light.

Refraction, reflection, transparency. The visual play of refracted and reflected light can develop a daily and seasonal change— carefully composed music in each room. The natural light design must be perfectly integrated with the architectural lighting work, creating a sense of continuity that is as close as possible to a real vision of the light. Light and darkness play a central role in the definition of the architecture space and the nocturnal landscapes of our cities. Interior spaces and outdoor spaces are less and less diametrically opposed; indeed, contemporary architectural design considers them part of an integrated project, characterizing them with a unique style.