Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
One and a half millennium of coloured light
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of CIE Centenary Conference Towards a New Century of Light, Paris: C I E CENTRAL BUREAU , 2013, 10-15 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What is coloured light? It can be colour applied with a coloured light source. It can be a material that reflects light-colour to such a degree that the room is perceived to be coloured by light. In addition, a transparent or translucent material (like Plexiglas) can be perceived as immaterial, and thereby it can be interpreted as luminous light.

     This paper is a survey of 1 600 years with coloured light from Byzantine time to contemporary architecture. Viewed retrospectively, how do we inherit the tradition with coloured light in contemporary architecture? Do we recollect the illuminated parks 110 years ago; the gold shimmering mosaic light in the Ravenna basilicas from the 500s; the transparency in the Gothic cathedrals that allowed reflection and dispersal of light? Do we recall the idea of coloured light as a utopia in modernism?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: C I E CENTRAL BUREAU , 2013. 10-15 p.
Keyword [en]
coloured light, light colours, perception, space, history of architecture
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-139036ISI: 000352784700002ISBN: 978-3-902842-44-2OAI: diva2:682532
CIE Centenary Conference Towards a New Century of Light, Paris, 12-19th April 2013

QC 20140128

Available from: 2013-12-27 Created: 2013-12-27 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Olsson, Gertrud
By organisation

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 72 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link