When I first joined the lighting industry, I was interning for a lighting design practice in Greece, where I've met Nikos. Nikos, has been a lighting designer for long - a really good one - and he was the one that introduced me to the profession. One of the first things he did was handing me a list with the most prominent lighting design studios, blogs and websites. That's when I run into this post by Jonathan Speirs about the ten lighting experiences he thought one should have in his life time.
Last weekend - almost four years after that date - I began omitting this from that list starting with no1 The Pantheon. There are so many reasons the Pantheon, is a miracle of architecture, one of the most important buildings standing on this planet. If you are interested in engineering, this, two thousand years after it was build, still is the largest cement standing dome in the world, able to fit a sphere with 43mt radius. If you are interested in history, this is one of the few intact remaining buildings of the Roman era, a fusion of Egyptian, Roman and Greek culture. If you are interested in architecture, you will be fascinated about the innovative use of proportion and geometry, making it a cornerstone of western architecture. If you are interested in lighting, like I am, you will be drawn to the brilliant play of light and form, a play that make every visit unique and different than any other. Furthermore, the pantheon, must have been the earlier example of "stage lighting design": A study showed that the building is designed, so a beam of light illuminates the entrance, when the Roman emperor entered the building at the 21st of April, the founding date of Rome.
Standing under the dome, allowing yourself to be showered by the daylight coming through the open oculus, is an experience to take with you for the rest of your life.