"Lighting Design & Process"

The Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) has created some of the world’s most inventive lighting design, illuminating prominent buildings around the globe. The New York Times building, the United States Air Force Memorial, street lighting for the City of New York, the historic Rookery Building in Chicago and the Scottish Parliament are just a few examples from the OVI portfolio that have captivated designers and the public alike.

As the name implies, OVI is inspired by light’s interaction with finishes and materials, so that light and shadow become a natural extension of the architectural language, integrated seamlessly into the building’s structure, rather than applied as an additional element. Masterfully designed and illustrated with more than 400 images, sketches and graphics, this book is an essential companion to the art and science of lighting design, and an in-depth account of one of the world’s leading architectural lighting design firms.


"Lighting Powers of 10" exhibition catalog

Lighting Powers of 10 offers insight into our approach through a close examination of four projects: an LED streetlight for New York City currently in prototyping, lighting for the Scottish Parliament Building complex and grounds, an energy-efficient scheme for the New York Times headquarters, and illumination of the United States Air Force Memorial.

A mix of photos, working drawings, and full-scale models trace the development of each project through a range of scales – from regional considerations spanning hundreds of kilometers (10e+5), to nano-scale wavelength manipulations (10e-7 ). At each scale, we find new opportunities for invention, which we explore and develop through in-depth research and precision engineering. The resulting work integrates lighting seamlessly with architecture.


OVI Exhibition: "Lighting Powers of 10"

The work of Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) was showcased in an exhibition entitled ‘Lighting Powers of 10’ at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition was conceived, designed and planned by OVI, and marks the first time a lighting design firm has been featured at the Forum, renowned as one of the world’s premier institutions for the advancement of architectural culture. ‘Lighting Powers of 10’ provides a guiding framework for the recognition of lighting design as an important partner in contemporary architecture.

The exhibition was conceptualized to highlight OVI’s unique design approach. Instead of a simple presentation of projects, the exhibition documented OVI’s thinking and working process. Inspired by the Charles and Ray Eames’ film entitled ‘Powers of Ten’ in communicating the way the universe can be perceived at different scales, OVI translated this idea to the architecture and lighting design fields.

‘Lighting Powers of 10’ pivots at the level of 100, corresponding to actual size of (1:1) relating to architectural surfaces that are readily seen and touched. The exhibition takes a journey through thirteen powers of 10, aligning closely with the realities of architecture and lighting design work: from 10+5 — applying lighting master planning strategies to the size of a metropolitan area (1:100000), down to 10-7 — modifying the spectral wavelength of light (1:0.0000001).

Working strategically at many scales, OVI approaches each project by looking at the overall picture or masterplan — the spirit of a city, the narrative of a building — and translating it into a corresponding lighting concept. Step by step and scale by scale, these ideas are developed from their largest conceptual aspirations to their tiniest details.

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Our work has also been exhibited at:
- Yale University / Structure of Light Symposium - New Haven, CT (October 2010)
- New York School of Interior Design - New York, NY (October 2017)


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IES Illumination Award – Toronto Section


New York City Streetlight:

Architect Magazine Research + Development Award (2014)

Architect Magazine Research + Development Award (2009) 

City Lights Competition for New York City Streetlight - Winning Entry

Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design


The Rookery Building:

Lamp Lighting Solutions Award – Architectural Outdoor Lighting

Illumni Infinity Gold Award for Façade Lighting

World Architecture News (WAN) Lighting Project of the Year

IES Lumen Award of Excellence


The New York Times Building:

IALD International Lighting Design Award of Merit

IES International Illumination Award of Merit

Municipal Art Society of New York, Best New Building

AIANY Design Awards – Architecture Merit


Museo del Acero (Museum of Steel):

AIA Institute Award of Honor


US Air Force Memorial:

IES Lumen Award for Lighting Design and Innovation

GE Edison Award

GE Award of Merit

IES International Illumination Design Award – International Award of Distinction


City Lights:

AIA New York Chapter Design Award: Project Merit Award


Robin Hood Foundation Library for P.S. 192:

AIA/ALA Library Building Award


Morimoto Restaurant:

Architectural Lighting Magazine Award


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Design Awards PLDA Eastside Lighting Festival, Birmingham, UK

The Scottish Parliament:

Sterling Prize

RIBA Award winner

RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture, Best building in Scotland

The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Award

Manuel de la Dehesa Prize

Exaequo Award ARQCATMÓN

Scottish Design Awards

Edinburgh Architecture Association ‘Centenary Medal’

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award

Royal Fine Art Commission ‘Urban & Landscape Specialist Award’

Scottish Design Award ‘Best Publicly Funded Building’ ‘Architecture Grand Prix’


Bridgehampton Sculpture Garden Pavilion:

Winners of the AIA New York Chapter Design


Phaeno Science Center:

AIA UK Chapter Award

European Cultural Building of the Year

Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize


Bergisel Ski Jump:

International Olympic Committee Austrian Decoration of Science and Ar

Red Dot Award

Austrian State Architecture Prize (Staatspreis Architektur)

WIRED Rave Awards Nominee

Tyrolian Architecture Award


Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art:

RIBA Worldwide Award

Blueprint Award


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