Amsterdam, The Netherlands – UNStudio and Delta Light have joined forces to endeavour to improve the wellbeing of people in our rapidly changing work environments, where human health has become a primary focus for employers.
Together, they are developing Soliscape, an extremely versatile and flexible system, specifically designed to create human-centric environments. Soilscape is a flexible system that allows for the personalisation and customisation of light and acoustic conditions in individual workplaces.
Ben van Berkel, UNStudio: “The way we work, live and relax is changing. This new hybrid world is causing architects and designers to rethink how we design our cities and buildings, so that we can create places that encourage health and wellbeing. Lighting is a very crucial element in helping us to create such places.”
In a given location and from focused work to group presentations, the Soliscape (sound and light-scape) system makes possible activity-based illumination, alongside acoustic qualities. A sensor-based environment understands what kind of activity is taking place and adjusts to provide the optimum conditions. As such, digitally enhanced environments can be created where technology supports in the creation of sensorial adaptive environments in which the user is central. The Soliscape system is however not limited to work spaces alone. Due to its adaptable configuration possibilities, the system has a broad range of applications and can also be used in hotels, hospitality, retail and public spaces. The system can be configured to best suit the daily needs and programming of each location.
More than ever before, today’s spaces are evolving to operate with hybrid functions; the home and office are blending, hospitality spaces are becoming meeting places. The possibility to adapt lighting and acoustic landscapes for dual or multi-purpose use is thus an added quality for many of these spaces.
Peter Ameloot, Delta Light: “Looking at lighting as just a basic necessity is an outdated approach. Work environments in particular require extra attention, where user-centric lighting has proven to considerably boost productivity and wellbeing. With Soliscape we even take it to the next level, not just by adding acoustic elements, but even more so by using behavioural parameters to further upgrade comfort.”
The Soliscape system is a toolbox of flexible components and modules for architects and designers that will enable them to create workable and liveable solutions for their projects; a system that combines lighting with acoustics and connected sensoring, into an aesthetically appealing solution that can easily connect to any building management system. The system is also flexible and future-proof, as it allows for new materials and functions to be added in the future. The Soliscape system comes with spot, direct and indirect linear lighting elements, featuring Delta Light's Melanopic Light Technology® (MLT), combining high-efficient reflectors with human-centric LED technology. The high-quality LEDs help control the circadian rhythm by providing a very natural white colour with a higher amount of energy in cyan, helping to encourage activity during the day and sleep at night. The reflector is designed to perfectly embrace every individual LED module in order to boost the efficiency of the complete luminaire, while maintaining a high level of visual comfort, as every LED dot is shielded.
The intention is to create flexible lightscapes that are responsive to the user’s ever-changing needs and activities, where design is no longer imposed by the designers, but guided by the user, resulting in responsive and adaptive design. The Soliscape system combines miniaturisation and personalisation, in a unique design language.
UNStudio and Delta Light aim to create sensor-based environments that respond, learn and adjust to people’s daily activities, taking smart buildings towards responsive architecture through a system that allows people intuitive control and personalisation of space. Soliscape offers different sensoring options enabling the creation of human-centric spaces: light in service to wellbeing.
Humanising spaces involves investigating behavioural science. Soliscape influences the productivity and wellbeing of users by allowing more intuitive control of their spaces in a scenario-based development. The system enables the user to adapt the lighting and surrounding factors in order to optimise working conditions.
The Soliscape system is about optimising visual performance with visual comfort and the quality of the environment. It responds to multiple contextual variables and activity based actions, thereby upgrading the overall sense of space.
Soliscape combines individual functions into one all-encompassing system, offering a more affordable and efficient tool to work with. Aside from the affordability of the single component, affordability is created through the scalability of the system, where products couple with services.
Soliscape has basic framing elements, but allows for a variety of complementary circular materials to expand its look and feel. More than 60% of the material in the acoustic panels comes from recycled PET bottles, however different materials can be used within the system to facilitate specific functionalities, from acoustic to decorative to atmospheric. Furthermore, controlled and smart lighting contributes to the overall energy efficiency of the building.