‘Broken light’ heals a rough street with soft light

‘Broken light’ heals a rough street with soft light

As part of the rejuvenation of Rotterdam’s old harbor area of Katendrecht, known for its sailors’ bars and whorehouses, the city commissioned a combined art and lighting project. The winner was ‘Broken Light’ by lighting designer Rudolf Teunissen of Daglicht & Vorm. In the August issue of Architectural RecordI describe how his lighting gives the street a tranquility and a dignity it has never before known.

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Sparkling Eiffel Tower

Sparkling Eiffel Tower

This short iPhone-movie shows the Eiffel Tower sparkling brightly on the other side of the Seine at midnight. In retrospect it’s amazing to think how controversial Gustave Eiffel’s proposal was for the construction of a tower of cast iron for the World Exhibition of 1889.  He compared it to the Egyptian pyramids: ‘My tower will be the tallest edifice ever erected by man. Why would something admirable in Egypt become hideous and ridiculous in Paris?’

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