A new lighting technology that uses a special blend of LEDs and nanoparticle coatings to recreate the concept of Rayleigh scattering — the process that makes the sky appear blue — is currently being used at the Biennale in Venice to bring the Italian sky indoors.
Z! Zingonia, Mon Amour is an exhibition at this year's architecture-focused La Biennale di Venezia about Renzo Zingone, an architect who built a utopian city outside Milan in the 1960s. To truly bring this utopian city to life, architect Marco Biraghi worked with CoeLux to create lighting for the exhibition that mimics the Italian sky — even though it's completely inside.
Although the previous photos released by CoeLux showed the authentic, sky-like light that these panels emitted in a series of staged residential rooms, what's interesting here is to see the range of possibilities for the product in places like museums. Daylight looks the best to the human eye but can be deadly for delicate art and antiquities, so bringing faux-natural light into exhibition design is a real game changer. As you can see here, the quality of light is incredible, but because it's an LED light source, it's not causing any damage to what's illuminated. [CityLab]
Picture: Iwan Baan for CoeLux