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49 Illuminated Architecture Examples

From Pulsing Light Facades to Interactive LED Installations

— September 10, 2014 — Art & Design
The illuminated architecture examples illustrate the experiential effect of lighting. The lit-up structures, interiors and art installations aim to ignite the senses and are all great examples of sensory design.

Whether leading their visitor through a fantastical and conceptual environment or changing the image of an industrial environment, lighting has the power to transform one's perception of their environment.

Memorable examples from this list of illuminated architecture finds include Montreal's La Vitrine Culturelle building and Erick van Egeraat's redesign of the Incineration Line energy plant. While La Vitrine Culturelle's color-changing facade brings life to a quiet street corner, the Incineration Line's illuminated exterior adds warmth and charm to an otherwise industrial building.

Though seemingly ordinary, each of these buildings are transformed with life, becoming instant landmark spots within their communities.
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Dance-Powered Installations
Dance-Powered Installations
A Pyramid at Nuits Sonores Translated Movement to Light
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Illuminated Empty Obelisks
Illuminated Empty Obelisks
The Tower of Ring by EASTERN Design Office is a Shining Monument
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Massive Puzzle Block Buildings
Massive Puzzle Block Buildings
The Ars Electronic Building is a Playable Rubiks Cube
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Illuminated Cacti Art
Illuminated Cacti Art
'The Ark' by Romain Tardy Turns Cacti into an Epic Light Installation
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Enchanted Forest Installations
Enchanted Forest Installations
Moment Factory Presents the Foresta Lumina in Quebec
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Illuminated Sphere Cloud Sculptures
Illuminated Sphere Cloud Sculptures
WHITEvoid's 'Fluidic' Immerses Crowds in a Laser-Fueled Show
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Electric Illumination Installations
Electric Illumination Installations
Marshmallow Laser Feast Creates a Forest Made of Laser Beams
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Reworked Silo Lighthouses
Reworked Silo Lighthouses
A Finnish Design Team Has Made a Cool Lighthouse Out of a Forgotten Silo
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Illuminated Atomic Pavilions
Illuminated Atomic Pavilions
SOL Dome is a Remarkably Lightweight Structure that Alights at Night
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Illuminated Vortex Installations
Illuminated Vortex Installations
The Daydream V.2 by Nonotak Studio is Utterly Mesmerizing
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Meticulously Lit Architecture
Meticulously Lit Architecture
The Villa Noord-Brabant is Illuminated with Precision
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Competition-Based Light Installations
Competition-Based Light Installations
Lightbattle Invites People to Create Light Through Cycling
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Futuristic Fuchsia-Blast Aviators
Futuristic Fuchsia-Blast Aviators
Virgin Atlantic Airways Gets a Touch of Chic by VW + BS Studio
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Illuminated Industrial Architecture
Illuminated Industrial Architecture
Erick van Egeraat's Incineration Line is a Roskilde Landmark
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Illuminated Kaleidoscopic Mosques
Illuminated Kaleidoscopic Mosques
The Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is Illuminated with Color Every Morning
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Illuminated Water Towers
Illuminated Water Towers
Brunce Munro Gives Salisbury Cathedral a Luminous Makeover
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Patterned Triangle Architecture
Patterned Triangle Architecture
DABURA Builds the Sankakudzukushi in Japan
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Artistic LED-Lit Tunnels
Artistic LED-Lit Tunnels
The Light Lab Installs a Modern Tunnel at King's Cross
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Color-Changeing LED Architecture
Color-Changeing LED Architecture
The La Vitrine Culturelle Embodies an Urban Spirit
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Uplifting Children's Health Centres
Uplifting Children's Health Centres
The Royal London Hospital Morag Myerscough Room is Playful
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Eccentric Luminous Glass Art
Eccentric Luminous Glass Art
Excentrique by Daniel Buren Makes the World a Little More Colorful
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Projected Facade Architecture
Projected Facade Architecture
The Caixaforum by Carme Pinos Boasts a Visually Vivid Design
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Multihued Illuminated Sculptures
Multihued Illuminated Sculptures
This Solar-Powered Interactive Sculpture Benefitted Indian Slums
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Futuristic Ski Resorts
Futuristic Ski Resorts
The W Hotel is a Swiss Ski Resort Filled with Flashy Modern Fixtures
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Illuminated Structure Captures
Illuminated Structure Captures
This Collection of Bridges at Night by Cuded is Marvelous
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Foot-Powerd Transit Shelters
Foot-Powerd Transit Shelters
This Detroit LED Bus Stop Generates Energy from Pedestrian Pacing
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Giant Festive Illuminations
Giant Festive Illuminations
Christmas Lights Berlin by Brut Deluxe Brings Holiday Cheer
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Infinite LED Installations
Infinite LED Installations
Prism Design Creates the Infinity Bamboo Forest
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Illuminated Aquatic Exhibits
Illuminated Aquatic Exhibits
The Greenpeace Expo by De Organisatie Promotes Marine Reserves
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Futuristic Illumination Installations
Futuristic Illumination Installations
The Luminous Field by Luftwerk Takes on a Sci-Fi Inspiration
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Innumerable Globe Installations
Innumerable Globe Installations
The Dome by Hector Serrano Provided Visual Spectacle at Coachella
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LED Honeycomb Structures
LED Honeycomb Structures
Chris Knapp's Cellular Tessellation Installation is Fuelled by Geometry
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Pulsing Light Walls
Pulsing Light Walls
Acrylicize's Mosaic Installation Features Color Changing Lights
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Illuminated Cube Installations
Illuminated Cube Installations
Oyler Wu Collaboration Made this Installation for Beijing Biennale
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Blue-Hued Seafaring Pavilions
Blue-Hued Seafaring Pavilions
Joana Vasconcelos' Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013 is Surreal
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Illuminated Luminariums
Illuminated Luminariums
The EXXOPOLIS Luminarium is an Exhibition of Inflatable Domes
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Vibrant Illuminated Apartments
Vibrant Illuminated Apartments
A.A. Studio Creates Creatively Coloured Blanche Living Space
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Sustainably Illuminated Art
Sustainably Illuminated Art
The Water Light Graffiti Installation is Responsibly Innovative
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Sci-Fi Pool Pavilions
Sci-Fi Pool Pavilions
The Aquarena Aqua Leisure Center Embodies its Futuristic Inspiration
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Illuminated Micro Bubbles
Illuminated Micro Bubbles
'Soho Snog' Light Installation in London Frozen Yogurt Shop
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Illuminated Origami Installations
Illuminated Origami Installations
London's Canary Wharf Hosts Thousands of Floating Lights
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Illuminated Walls
Illuminated Walls
Patterned LED Bottle Wall by Alex Beim Adds Colorful Ambiance
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Neon Pharmacies
Neon Pharmacies
Buj+Colon Arquitectos Designs Illuminated Drug Store in Spain
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Led-Lit Libraries
Led-Lit Libraries
The Castro Leal Library Uses Diode Lighting
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Tonal Technicolor Installations
Tonal Technicolor Installations
The Light Show at Hayward Gallery Exhibits Illustrious Art Pieces
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Trippy Wall Art
Trippy Wall Art
The 'LMK' Light Installation Takes You Into a Trance
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LED Latticed Nightclubs
LED Latticed Nightclubs
Club NOX is a Study in Beats and Badass Brazilian Basket-Weaving
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Illuminated Grass Installations
Illuminated Grass Installations
The GS Caltex Pavilion at EXPO 2012 is Dynamically Designed
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Marine Invertebrate Installations
Marine Invertebrate Installations
Jelly Swarm by Tangible Interaction Teaches About the Sea
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