Media architecture

In recent years, rapidly developing technology in lighting, media and building materials has led to the creation of a new type of hybrid architecture – lighting and media appear as a layer that can be woven into a three dimensional space – simply known as media architecture.

In a wide sense, media architecture is any surface in the three dimensional built environment that contains a matrix of lights that are individually controllable.

This approach is fundamentally different to traditional architectural lighting and offers endless new opportunities in designing the built environment. This ethereal lighting layer has great impact on the human experience of space.

The possibilities with regard to pushing the boundaries in media architecture are huge and as society moves towards ‘carpe noctem’ (seize the night), architecture and design need to adapt and offer attractive solutions to this transformation.

Explore this interactive showcase of selected Arup media architecture projects from across the world.

Media architecture