Daniel Carey Keatings
My design process is driven by curiosity and experimentation. Seeing inspiring work, I want to understand the processes and techniques involved and try my hand at them. Lighting installations are one such source of inspiration, which was the catalyst for this project.
Without lighting installations, much of what we consider culture would not have the same impact. With a push towards a more developed night-time economy and more opportunity emerging for innovative lighting design in our urban environment, we are at an inflection point regarding the city's night landscape. Designed lighting strategies have the power to create spaces where we not only feel safe but can serve as somewhere to spend time, socialise and enjoy ourselves.
Light can have a variety of effects on our well-being. We spend most of our time in built environments that provide poor natural light in the day and are artificially over-lit at night.
'Virtual Atrium' creates additional “sunlight” during the day, and at night it dims, giving off no more light than we need. It serves as a piece of social infrastructure and offers the safety benefits of good urban lighting.