It looks like a room where daylight is falling on the walls, but it is not!

Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken’s intention was with this project to take elements of his work and theories concerning daylight and incorporate them directly into architecture. The installation is located in the entrance of an office building in Stockholm. As both the entrance and staircase have no natural light, it was important for him, to replicate the positive sensation of sunlight. The installation consists of over 6000 LEDs.

” When you have daylight in a room you get information of something outside. This creates a feeling of an expanded perceived space. A sensation of freedom” a phrase by Daniel Rybakken.

His work seems and is so quiet, because at first sight everything looks normal and only after a second look you see the optical illusion. LOVE IT! His earlier work has also a wonderful name ” subconscious effect of daylight”. For sure his idea is going to be useful for underground stations, cellar apartments and every other dark room and especially for the grey Berlin times which starts now.

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  1. I’m doing my first basement design at the moment and this has made me think again about the lighting. Thanks

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  2. I have a few good friends who are photographers, and I’m always baffled at their understanding of light and shadows…

    This is beautiful!

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  3. Very interesting. I would be very interested to read a study after a winter of use to see the benefits. I’m sure it helps.

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  4. My Apartment, gets sun all day, and at night It gets the moon light as well. I also painted parts of my walls gold, which helps to reflect the sunlight. At work I get nothing but “Fake” light, and it sucks! I feel bad for my students having to sit in these classrooms with florescent lights all day.

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  5. What a great idea. No doubt sunlight is powerful for the psyche.

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  6. Yes, the illusion does appear to create space and I love that. Your work is magnificent and ingenius.

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  7. How fantastic. I’m always hungry for sun light.

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  8. So original! Wonderful idea! Daylight coming in through windows isn’t something one usually thinks about, but when it’s not there you wish it was there. It does provide a sense of comfort and security. Amazing work!

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  9. Light slanting through the window and cast onto a wall, but not. Creative optical illusion to psychologically open a space. Definitely following your future posts!

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  10. Wow what a amazing concept! it actually appears as if light is coming into the room.

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  11. That’s incredible! What an amazing idea!! 🙂

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  12. If the LEDs could move along a strip across the wall as the day progressed, that would be even cooler!

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  13. this makes my day ! thanks to all of you. will write Daniel Rybakken and tell him that his work has a great response!

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  14. Rybakken has produced a clever, well-executed art installation. I wonder if I would be disappointed to experience it in a building though? It looks like a beautiful shaft of sunlight is entering the space, but upon closer inspection, it’s just a trick.

    Rybakken states that “when you have daylight in a room you get information of something outside. This creates a feeling of an expanded perceived space. A sensation of freedom.” Surely an LED panel designed to mimic sunlight can only ever mimic the connection and sensation of freedom real sunlight creates?

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    • Does that matter? We live in the shadow of a hill over which the sun won’t rise now for the next 6-8 weeks. I’m seriously thinking of adding an LED panel of some sort to my work space as I reckon mimicking will be enough for my SAD psyche. What I produce by way of lighting, now that will be designed to mimic (probably poorly) Daniel Rybakken’s intentions. I let you know how it goes

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      • Fair point… I take it you live far north somewhere? Norway maybe? In Australia, we tend to have the opposite problem – too much sunlight!

  15. Lovely play of light.

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  16. Best presentation of imagination.

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  17. Grat Stuff out there!!! A lot of imagination

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  18. I like the play on the lights and shadows. Lovely.

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  19. DAY LIGHT VISE VERSE OF NIGHT.

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  20. Wow, I love it! As a Swede I am obsessed with light (compared to my non-Swedish friends) and loathe spending time in rooms without natural light, such as the classrooms here in Asia. I have often thought there must be better ways of lighting rooms in this day and age and it seems DR has found it. Great work!

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  21. that’s an inspiring idea!

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  22. Wow! Creative! Hope it doesnt take up too much energy.

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  23. i said it, “Jenius”. Because it is kind of trick of light. sense of freedom inside. i love white wall.

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  24. wow it’s cool. Light definitely gives a space freedom and make people cheerful.

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  25. I love the idea! It would be perfect for a cloudy days in The Netherlands.
    This work is a perfect proof for a theory: everything, a whole world is inside us and whatever you feel and think about your environment, is only your mind’s imagination.

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  26. cool pics… dashing design. entertaining post! i couldnt ask for more!! :p

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  27. Fascinating, and the applications for other spaces is never ending. Amazing.

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  28. This work is really minimal and stunning! I’m going stockholm in December and would love to check out the entrance of the office block, could you let me know the address please?

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  29. nice basement design .

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  30. interesting solution! the feeling of an open space around you it’s one of the most important things in this times of claustrophobic cities. cheers from Italy!

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  31. That is so very clever. What a wonderful illusion.

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  32. awesome, so clever

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  33. Intriguing and creative concept! Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed”!!

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  34. too cool, great design
    architechture is to the eyes, as music is to the soul
    Cheers
    -Ron
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  35. This kind of idea made a me very angry. Because, Why I have not any Idea like him?? I wana like him. go on bro.

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  36. my parents can use these tips.they love home decore and making things rad at home. this will help a lot! congrats on fp’ed

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  37. There was a television commercial, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!?”
    In your case I think t’s Very nice to do exactly that.”

    Ronnie

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  38. very interesting design, I love your picture

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