“Lumière Mystérieuse. Soane and the Architecture of Light” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The effects of light and shadow profoundly impact how we understand and experience architecture. Bringing together drawings and objects in the spaces of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light examines Soane’s innovative use of light and optical devices in architectural design.


“Lumière Mystérieuse. Soane and the Architecture of Light”


Sir John Soane wielded light so successfully that it may as well have been another building material. This exhibition will explore how Soane utilised light, not just through the shapes and ornamentation of his architectural compositions, but also by implementing tools such as top lighting, grilles, coloured glass and mirrors.


“Lumière Mystérieuse. Soane and the Architecture of Light”
19 June – 8 September, 2019
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London


Together these devices allowed Soane to form lighting effects, as well as effects of shadow and gloom, which dramatically impact the way we experience his work.


he South-East Transfer Office at the Bank of England

Conservatory which Soane planned, but never built, at the back of Pitzhanger Manor


Installed in the Museum’s galleries, the exhibition will illustrate how Soane created various lighting effects and moods by showcasing original drawings alongside the objects, such as stained glass and mirrors, which Soane used to transform the experience of his spaces.


Gandy did a view of the Library at Cricket Lodge, Somerset on 29 January 1803

Henry Parke did a beautiful aerial view of Stonehenge in August or September 1817 for Soane’s lectures to students of the Royal Academy


This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of David and Molly Lowell Borthwick.


Desenfans Mausoleum at 39 Charlotte Street in 1807


News source: Sir John Soane’s Museum 
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