Light + Design:

    In collaboration with architects

    In collaboration with architects


    For more than 50 years, Philips has worked closely with architects to understand their lighting needs and to help them see the potential of technology.

    For more than 50 years, Philips has collaborated with architects to discover new and imaginative ways of using light.


    The first significant collaboration was with Le Corbusier on the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels Expo in 1958. The sculptural concrete pavilion offered an eight-minute multimedia experience of light, sound and images – an idea that was revolutionary at the time.


    In 1996 Philips embarked on a major project called ‘City, People, Light’. It included a survey of world-leading architects workshops to develop lighting concepts and the publication of a book in 1998.


    In 2005 Philips started a research project with the Bartlett school at University College London which looked at all aspects of outdoor lighting. Again the findings were disseminated widely, first through a series of forums and then in a new edition of the City, People, Light book.

    The Philips Pavilion at the Brussels Expo in 1958 was a collaboration with le Corbusier
    ‘Transitions: Light on the Move’was a means to showcase the possibilities of new technologies, specifically LED, by asking seven teams of leading architects and lighting designers to come up with concepts that exploited the new technologies. Each was then built within a shipping container and the containers were transported around Europe to create exhibitions in a number of leading cities.
    Weightless by Dorte Mandrup (D. M. Arkitekter ApS.), Copenhagen from the Transitions project
    Philips also wanted to create a new permanent opportunity for designers to explore changing technology. It did this through the construction of a new building at its Outdoor Lighting Application Centre. Its facades can be lit in 70 different ways in a showcase of just what is possible today, largely using the latest in LED technologies. A new indoor lighting applicationcentrewill open later this year on the high-tech campus, representing a vital link between research and manufacture.
    The new building at the Outdoor Lighting Application Centre has a facade that can be lit in 70 different ways. Architect: Espace project
    The latest innovation is a graphic re-imagining of the Philips shield, the symbol of the company. The new design is simpler and more contemporary – a feat achieved in part by incorporating the proportions of the golden section.
    Design of the new Philips shield is based on the principles of the golden section

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