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Semester project – The forest

The project has been conducted in a semester project, as a part of a master’s degree in Lighting Design at Aalborg University, 2017.

The purpose of this project was to design an optimized lighting design solution for the humanities students’ lab, that supports the students’ current and future needs and use of digital tools. Currently, the studio, in general, lacks sufficient artificial lighting and distribution of daylight. Furthermore, the room appeared unorganized and had a visible hierarchy of workplaces among users. Therefore overall vision for this project was:

“Imagine if every area in the room was an attractive study place for humanities students” 

Throughout research and tests, it was found that using layers of light found in a forest was a suitable metaphor during the concept development. It was further translated into the design of different light zones, each supporting different study activities (individual study, group work, and relaxation). Zoning was made with consideration of existing architectural layout, behavioral patterns of users, and connection of sound and light. The choice of lighting characteristics strongly based on the research, however, some of the parameters still had to be tested. Besides lighting, the design introduces lamella walls that work as space dividers and lighting objects.



Lighting designer: Nikodem Derengowski, Sara Løvengreen, Kasper Støttup & Tina Wikström Where Copenhagen, Denmark | When 2017