Light diffusion and atmosphere in children’s spaces

This semester we are lucky to have Susanne Hoffman as architect in residence from the Technical University of Berlin. Susanne leads the Baupiloten project which is a student-based professional practice that has produced some very interesting design work with children’s spaces especially through the use of light diffusion to create atmosphere.

The Baupiloten takes atmosphere as its key metaphor, but also works to create interesting break outs from the horizontal and vertical spaces. Baupiloten also uses active participatory design methodologies, so the children’s input becomes the basis of the design process. The Baupiloten work on light diffusion is especially interesting to think about in relation to our Museum design project. The light diffusion group will be thinking about creating shade for our volcanic rock forest, but also atmosphere in a space that is usually bleached by light, the roof of a building.


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