Stephan Horn/DE, o.pium
Stephan Horn realised his first lighting designs as a student. In the course of his training to become an architect, under leaders in the field such as Peter Zumthor, Mario Botta and others, he was required to focus on the relationship between space and natural light.
When he received his architectural degree from Mario Botta in 2003, he had already won a number of student competitions and awards. He then went directly into Lighting Design. The wide range of projects he designed over the years, starting with small-scale retail environments, was followed by churches and universities, exterior lighting schemes and several designs for well-known events. He worked with BDP Lighting in Manchester/UK on the “Libyan Universities”, where he was responsible for urban master plans as well as the interior lighting schemes, and has designed the lighting for more than 6.5 square kilometres of urban space, and 1,394 buildings.
Stephan is currently teaching at several Universities, and he is the director of o.pium, his lighting design studio. His projects are frequently published in national and international magazines.
The changes spatial and architectural relations are undergoing in new digital environments
Presentation date: 26. October
Presentation time: 17:45
The digital environment and the omnipresence of smart devices as well as of touch-sensitive surfaces has not only constantly changed the perception of light and space, it has also influenced the expectation of ambience and atmosphere in daily life.
The impact on design is tremendous because of the change of paradigms and structures. It is a coincidence that LEDs are an electronic part of all this, and that just when the whole world and living surroundings became digitalised, these electronic parts became the global light source. The link between real space and digital space is reality. As a consequence, new rules have to be manifested. Lighting design has the chance to be the condition drug for future smart buildings. There is great potential for the profession to be part of the emerging market. Once again, lighting design has to redefine its conception of itself.
The craft and skill of lighting design is well-known today, but finally lighting designers have to confront themselves with new challenges and new business structures in their everyday professional lives. Stephan Horn will attempt to name and face all these aspects in this presentation.