Daylight Entrance by Daniel Rybakken


Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken has installed LED panels replicating daylight on a dark staircase in Stockholm.

Called Daylight Entrance, the walls of the staircase are lined with solid surface material.

Recesses were milled out from behind the material to accommodate panels of LED lights.

These back-light the material, creating patches of light on the walls as if cast through windows.

Photographs are by Kalle Sanner and Daniel Rybakken.

Here's some more information from the designer:

Daylight Entrance, Stockholm

My intention with this project was to take elements of my work and theories concerning daylight and incorporate them directly into architecture.

The installation is located in the entrance of an office building in central Stockholm (Vasagatan 7). As both the entrance and staircase have no natural light, it was important for me to replicate the positive sensation of sunlight. The technical principles behind the project are based on my previous lamp, Surface Daylight.

Above: the staircase before

Walls are covered with a solid surface material; CNC-milling hollows areas before backlighting by LED. The installation consists of over 6000 LEDs and continues across 3 stories. Daylight Entrance, Stockholm is commissioned by Vasakronan AB. The building is Sweden's first LEED-certified building.

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Posted on Monday May 17th 2010 at 12:15 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Brilliant! Surreal and beautiful, wonderful concept.

  • willem

    always midsummer! this will save the whole country. perfect.

  • vilhelm


  • Gus

    ………… Awesome ………….

  • more svensk brilliance

  • Olep

    Very nice! Hopefully we’ll see other projects based on the daylight concept, too.

  • Absolutely fantastic idea!!!

  • Julia

    interesting to see before and after

  • kolohe

    wow, that is a pretty dramatic upgrade.

  • andrew

    Very nicely executed idea. Here is another one though, why not have real windows and real light that moves dynamically over the wall. I guess natural light is so passe these days.

  • Tom Ford

    Clever. Love the recessed handrail too.

  • joe

    looks alrite on the pictures, wonder if it feels realistic though

  • Norway

    He is norwegian not “svensk”..

  • @Andrew I guess there wouldn’t be any need for this installation if there were natural light available, Stockholm can be a dark place. Especially during winter time. Give me more Daniel

  • yo

    Though I experienced the Scandinavian darkness I must somehow agree with Andrew.
    Even if perfectly executed It’s so fake it hurts – I mean I understand the need for light but not that to shape it as if it was coming thru a window.

    But this is just my opinion

  • !

    Very inspiring application of solid surface material vertically indoors – beautiful addition to this emerging trend.

  • I don’t get it. Why not just stick a window there.

  • Too fun! I appreciate getting to see pictures of the process – the before/after is ridiculous.

  • That is AWESOME — ingenious and looks beautiful.

  • I see a lot of potential for this. Different shapes. Different colors. Become an art form. One idea like this leads to another. And. More….

  • GOsh

    This is REAlly Smart, Real room for development!

  • Fizz

    yo Says: ‘ I mean I understand the need for light but not that to shape it as if it was coming thru a window’.

    The fact that the window shape is simulated as it is, allows the illusion that one is not hemmed in by an interior space with no access to the outside, so defeating any sense of claustrophobia or enclosure. Thus it isn’t just a clever light source but carries the by-product of creating a pleasant, comfortable environment.

  • Gyga

    this one is real, realy feels like a gift, by by enclosed rooms

  • shirin

    thank you. it was awesome!