Posted in Light culture, Light sources, Lighting design
In geographical terms, the Nordic countries are slightly isolated from the Continent and Europe.
If you drew a line through southern Denmark and along the same latitude all the way around the globe, the Nordic countries would be the most densely populated region north of the line. The Gulf Stream is what has made it possible for Scandinavians to live as far north and in such numbers as we do.
The extraordinary variety of changing light scenes here is unparalleled in the rest of Europe, and is something that we feel intensely and closely. While the bright summer nights of June may seem endless, we also know that light will be in short supply in winter. Daylight is a precious thing, but it is a lack we all experience. Daylight brings people together. If we do not have enough daylight, we feel cheated and robbed. Our working routines mean that in winter we rarely spend time out of doors. This is the reason why daylight plays such an important role in our architecture and lifestyle, and why we are among the few countries in the world where daylight requirements are written into the official building regulations.We demand daylight in all contexts, and particularly in our buildings. But Scandinavians are not afraid of the dark. We don’t have dark and gloomy corners here in the Nordic countries – we have areas especially well-suited to star-gazing! Compared with other prosperous parts of the world, Scandinavians still live in a society where there is no tradition of using lighting to monitor or create security for citizens. Enjoyment and relaxation are also associated with subdued lighting, and we just “looove” to light candles and create a cosy atmosphere, “pools of light”, warmth and security!