Number of images - 8
Tables and charts - 1
Modern Areas of Light and Colour Application in Architecture L&E, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2021

Light & Engineering 29 (4)

Volume 29
Date of publication 08/20/2021
Pages 90–99

Purchase PDF - $6

Modern Areas of Light and Colour Application in Architecture L&E, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2021
Articles authors:
George N. Cherkasov, Darya D. Popova

Dr. of Architecture, Professor. Graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1958. Professor of the chair of “Architecture of industrial structures” of Moscow Institute of Architecture (SA). Honoured architect of the Russian Federation and honorary worker of higher professional education of the Russian Federation

Darya D. Popova, is the 2nd year post-graduate student under the guidance of professor Georgiy N. Cherkasov at Moscow Architectural Institute. She graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 2019. Her research interests are industrial heritage, preservation and renovation of the historical industrial environment, new architecture in a historical context

The paper examines modern trends and techniques for the use of light and colour in architecture. The variety of existing approaches and technical capabilities in the light-colour organization of various types of spaces is systematized and presented in four areas: umbra (lat., illusion), spectrum (lat., spectrum), nuntius (lat., message), affectio (lat., mood). Each of those directions is characterized and illustrated with examples of actual and educational projects. The experience of Russia, Europe, and America since the mid-1980s is highlighted (the main examples are after 2000). Among the projects under consideration, there are objects demonstrated at international exhibitions (Expo 2015 in Milan, 58th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Venice 2019), large cultural centres (Louvre and the Musical Seine complex in Paris, Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow), virtual installations by the American bureau «Diller + Scofidio» for a number of public buildings, a competition project for the reconstruction of the Sukharev tower in Moscow, and diploma projects for the renovation of industrial territories - the former «Znamya Truda» plant in Moscow and the central part of the Moscow region town of Pavlovsky Posad. Simultaneously with the allocation of these four areas, a conclusion is made about the impossibility of their isolated existence. We are talking about the priority or emphasis of one of the directions (approaches) in a specific project, depending on environmental factors and the architect’s intention. A review of world experience allows us to conclude that lighting design and its artistic use turn space into an event, fill it with special dynamics and expressiveness, implement the communicative function of architecture, sharpening the emotionality of perception.
1. Schielke, T. The Language of Lighting: Applying Semiotics in the Evaluation of Lighting Design // LEUKOS. 2019, Vol. 15, #2–3, pp. 227-248.
2. Frolova, N. Solar sail / N. Frolova. - Published on Aug 28. 2017 - Text: electronic // [official site], Shigeru Ban: the island of music on the Seine. URL: (access date: 20.03.2021).
3. Saber, A. M. The Night Lighting Dynamics and its Influence in Reviving the Architectural Building Identty // World Heritage and Legacy : XVII International Forum Naples 6 – Capri 7/8 June 2019.
4. Ilyevskaya, M. Interrelation of Architectural Concepts and Principles of Artificial Lighting in the Moscow Concert Hall Zaryadye // Light & Engineering. 2019, Vol. 27, #3, pp. 4-13.
5. Ilyevskaya, M.M. Interrelation of architectural solutions and principles of artificial lighting in the building of the Moscow concert hall “Zaryadye” // Lighting engineering. 2019, #2, pp. 6-13.
6. Fedorov, O. P. Media facades in architecture. Their role and place in the information society // Bulletin of civil engineers. 2018, #3 (68), pp. 40-46.
7. Bereslavskaya, B. Eindhoven. Past. The present. Future // PROJECT INTERNATIONAL. 2016, #41, pp. 74–82.
8. LeCuyer, A. W., Carter, B. All American: Innovation in American Architecture // United Kingdom: Thames & Hudson, 2002. – 256 p. – Text: unmediated.
9. Vorontsova, Yu.S. Virtual architecture of public buildings of megacities // Urban planning and architecture. 2017, Vol. 7, #4 (29), pp. 106-109.
10. Shchepetkov, N.I. Lighting of Engineering Structures and Industrial Facilities: New Aspects of the Topic // Light&Engineering, 2018, #3, pp. 29-36.
11. Shchepetkov, N.I. Lighting of engineering structures and industrial facilities. New aspects of the topic t // Lighting engineering. 2017, #6, pp. 32-39.
12. Kudryashova, A. Yu. Interactive anthropogenic environment in the formation of orientation and navigation of users in space // REDS: Telecommunication devices and systems. 2020, Vol. 10, #2, pp. 49-54.
13. Jiang, Y. Globalisation, National Identity and the Transformation and Renovation of Museums in France and Mainland China // KnE Social Sciences. 2019, Vol. 3, #27, pp. 14–25.
14. Schielke, T. The Evolution of Light in IM Pei’s Museums, from Dark Concrete Voids to Luminous Glass Pyramids // Archdaily: [official website].
15. Ukhabotova, A. The Louvre glass pyramid is 30 years old: the history of creation and optical illusion. Posted on Apr 1. 2019 // AD: [official website of the journal].
16. “At the end, there is the beginning. The Secret Brotherhood of Tintoretto. “ Venice, Church of San Fantin // State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin: [official site]. URL: archive/2019/exhibitions/venice/index.php?lang=ru (access date: 20.03.2021).
17. Hary Hill. URL: (access date: 20.03.2021).
18. An exhibition of the Pushkin Museum and the Stella Art Foundation dedicated to Tintoretto opened in Venice. URL: (access date: 20.03.2021).
19. Exhibition “At the End, there is the Beginning. Secret Brotherhood of Tintoretto “// State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin: [official channel on the website]. URL: watch?v=APKFwD0cxDs (access date: 20.03.2021).
20. Latyeva, E.V. (scientific supervisor - G.N. Cherkasov). Principles for the formation of technoforums in Moscow by the example of the publicly available socio-technoforum “ Znamya Truda “: the thesis (graduate qualifying work) for the degree of Master of Architecture. Moscow, MARHI, 2020
21. In a glass pyramid. Louvre. A short virtual tour. Part 2 // Museums of the World: [site]. URL: https:// (access date: 20.03.2021).


Recommended articles