What is your best personal experience of architectural lighting?
Embarrassingly, my best personal experiences of light are generally related to daylight. Which isn’t to say there is anything intrinsically wrong with artificial lighting, and clearly there have been some excellent schemes – some of which have hopefully been designed by us.
However, I can genuinely say that the natural effects of light, both outside and within great buildings, have by far and away surpassed anything I have ever seen that was man-made.
I am not a religious man but if there were a god I am sure he would manage to produce something better within a building after dark than anything we have achieved.
I therefore turn, in architecture, towards the divine light of great Gothic cathedrals, the quiet, private light of domestic architecture and the incredible effect of natural light in modern buildings by masters such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel – the list goes on.