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Brief Published: 23 Oct 2018

Prismatic Workspace Changes Colour Throughout the Day

Ambience office by Studio Y

Inspired by the optical effects of a prism, Studio Y has created an uplifting and stimulating work environment for Australian lighting consultancy Ambience that changes colour throughout the day.

The Australian design studio used the interplay of natural light, colour and shadow to create the prismatic effect. Windows are coated in dichroic film, which projects and refracts the light, while walls, partitions and joinery are arranged in angular lines and geometries. As the sun shifts, light and shadows combine with colour to create different, dynamic visual stimulations.

The colour-shifting optical film also adds to the changing environment by altering visual perspectives depending on where you stand. For more on prismatic and colour illusions in spatial environments and design, see Phase-Changing Colour.

The space consists of a main open office and smaller, more intimate working areas, which are defined by the dichroic glass. These smaller spaces are painted in bright pastel shades that complement and enhance the overall colour experience. A backlit, acoustic-panelled ceiling helps to create a calming, softly illuminated atmosphere.

The project is based on the theory that colour therapy and fluctuations in the intensity and hue of daylight can encourage alertness, helping employees to concentrate.

We explore the energising effects of colour and light in Transformative Spaces, or see Materialising Modern Work for more sensory experiences that enhance working environments.