UNStudio and Delta Light create Soliscape, an innovative solution that combines lighting and acoustics designed to optimize well-being.
UNStudio and Delta Light have developed Soliscape, extremely versatile and flexible lighting and acoustics management system, specifically designed to create human-centered environments.
Ben van Berkel, a co-founder of UNStudio, commented in a press release that the way we work, live and relax are changing. It opens the door to design possibilities, allowing professionals to rethink the way we should design cities and buildings. He placed importance on promoting health and well-being through this “new hybrid world”.
As lighting is a crucial element in contributing to the creation of healthy environments, UNStudio and Delta Light came together to produce a versatile solution.
The Soliscape system offers lighting and acoustics that meet the needs of various activities practiced in the given space: individual work, group work, meeting, etc. It has sensors that identify the type of activity taking place there to adjust accordingly. Thanks to this, we can digitally create optimized environments.
It is not limited to workspaces, though. Its adaptable configuration allows the system to have a wide range of applications; it can be used in hotels, shops and public spaces. The system can be configured to better meet the daily needs and activities of each location.
Today’s spaces are evolving to function with hybrid functions: home and office blend together, reception spaces become meeting places. The possibility of adapting the lighting and acoustics of the place for double or versatile use is, therefore, an additional quality for many of these spaces.
“There are many environmental factors that directly influence our well-being and health,” Ben van Berkel, as quoted in the press release, “including light, sound, smells, air quality and temperature. With the Soliscape system, we have combined two of these factors – sound and light – to create sensory “interior landscapes” that can support people in their daily activities. Soliscape can also connect to systems already in place to improve other key environmental factors.”
The Soliscape system comprises spotlighting elements, linear direct and indirect, with Melanopic Light Technology® (MLT) from Delta Light, which combines high-efficiency reflectors and human-centered LED technology. High-quality LEDs help control the circadian rhythm by providing a very natural white color with a greater amount of cyan energy, helping to encourage activity during the day and sleep at night. The reflector is designed to perfectly embrace each individual LED module to improve the efficiency of the complete luminaire, while maintaining a high level of visual comfort, with each LED being protected.
UNStudio and Delta Light aim to create sensor-based environments that respond, learn and adapt to the daily activities of users, evolving smart buildings into responsive architecture through a system that allows users intuitive control and personalization of the space. Soliscape offers different sensory options to create spaces centered on man: light at the service of well-being.
“We believe that human health and well-being are the engines of a new era for design and that the integration of new and emerging technologies into the built environment plays a central role in this regard. I’m not interested in the hardware or the software itself, but how it can be applied to architecture and town planning to improve our daily lives,” said Ben van Berkel.
Soliscape has a basic structure but can be supplemented with a variety of materials to diversify its rendering. More than 60% of acoustic panel materials come from recycled PET bottles, but different materials can then be used for specific functions relating to acoustics, decoration or even ambiance. In addition, controlled and intelligent lighting contributes to the overall energy efficiency of the building.