Eduardo Souto de Moura


Cascais, Portugal


Light transforming the architectural space through time.

Architecture: Souto Moura Arquitectos

Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Post Production: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Editing: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Music: Nitin Sawhney

The relationship between space and light has always been essential for an architectural project. The space lives of light and light lives in space. This inevitable relationship fulfill any architectural space as well as its own experience.

Light is one of the most important factor when it comes to define form, scale, color and ambience in architecture. Depending on how it is used, it can completely transform the spatial quality of a particular place, making it more or less comfortable, dramatic or dynamic, it can even change his scale.

The passing of light throughout a space is something that occurs over a determined period of time, it can last for minutes or hours, this smooth light movement creates unique and gorgeous designs. Unfortunately we cannot perceived them in real time since the speed of the Man is not compatible with the speed of Nature.

The desire to record this light movement through architectural space in a speed that humans can perceive, led to the research and development of a proprietary time-lapse technique and apply it to architecture. We call it Archilapse. When combined with traditional animation principles, it can reveal light and his slow interaction with space releasing all its emotions.

The “House of Stories” Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, a project developed by Eduardo souto de Moura, explores the light through innovative solutions such as the use of skylights overhead with the form of piramid which provide the design of magnificent shapes of light in the interior and because it is contextualize in a garden full of ancient trees, it provokes a dance of shadows all across the building.

The Archilapse technique show through this architectural project, how to emphasize the space/light relationship, revealing itself as a innovatively way of recording architecture on film.

Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
“Thomas Fuller”

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