May 4, 2012

By day & by night :: how a space changes with light...

Scroll between these 2 images to see the incredible difference
that lighting makes to an interior space.
Hard to believe the materials are even the same.

By day, the timber ship-lap walls are charcoal 
and the travertine is pale grey.
But by night, with the glow of lights,
the timber walls have become a dark, rich chestnut,
and the travertine on the bench is now a sultry cinnamon.
 Stepping further back to the facade view of the same kitchen,
lighting by day & night gives a very different ambience 
to the
architecture too.
 By day, the emphasis is on the white rendered box of the "frame",
or the edges of the building.
Come back at night and it has changed.
Now, the interior glows, like a jewel,
while the "frame" of the building recedes.

By playing with light like this,
buildings can come alive in different seasons & 
at different times of the day.
It makes for a dynamic and exciting space.

This is the Tusculum St residence, in Potts Point, Sydney,
and it's a perfect example of the importance of lighting
in creating this changing atmosphere.


  1. Gosh that is stunning - quintessential Australian design.

  2. You are so right Virginia ... people don't realise what an impact lighting has on an interior. It's amazing the effects of layering lighting in a space... you definitely need to think about ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting ... not to mention the right colour of the lamp (bulb)!
    This is such a gorgeous jewel, when it is all lit up.

    It's amazing to see how many UK terraced homes are following this type of open plan architecture now (which Australian having been doing for a while) ... in search of that elusive commodity called ....LIGHT!

    Great post ... have a wonderfully bright weekend. xx

  3. Wow, such a difference. I have always been so interested in a creating the perfect lighting in my own spaces. I feel it can completely change the feeling and mood. Someday when I buy my own house, I would love to spend a lot of time and careful planning for the lighting - and perhaps hire an expert to help me do so! :)


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  5. Stunning..... and so is your observation.

  6. lighting really is amazing.
    lighting is magic.

    great post....
    i love the style of the architecture.



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