My approach to designing with light proceeds in the following manner. First, to accentuate architectural and landscape elements; second, to create warm diffused luminance in space; third, to accent objects; and, finally, to allow light necessary to perform tasks.
Within a dark environment, light is introduced to detail essential architectural or natural forms. Light is manipulated on vertical surfaces. The surface material determines the quantity and quality of light. Light grazes surfaces leaving some areas in shadow. The quality of light is only as beautiful as its complementing shadow.
Once the architectural detailing has been designed, light for defined space is introduced. Multiple sources of light with varying direction and distribution are employed to create a diffused luminance. Layering of light on surfaces creates richness and warmth, rendering an esthetic for each given space. Lighting is recessed in the architectural envelope.
Finally, accent and task lighting are designed. Objects are highlighted. Task spaces are studied and discreet light is focused on the task area.
When interior and exterior lighting converse, a site has no boundaries. Lighting glass buildings gives optimal conditions to detail architecture and landscape. Low illumination from the interior allows for a deeper vision of the exterior, especially when selected natural forms receive light. From the exterior, the lit building acts as a floating lantern. The light from within expresses the architectural form, while the light without provides the setting.