The aim of the project is to change attitudes to the design of the built environment and generate innovations for improving Health and Well Being in those environments and ultimately transform the living and working conditions of millions of people throughout the World.
We all instinctively know that light is important to the way we feel and that modern life is having a detrimental effect on our fundamental human needs – such as being able to connect with the environment during the day and sleep in darkness at night. This instinctive understanding is strongly supported by scientific evidence about how our biology reacts to environmental cues, with the most significant cue being light.
The scientific research will be undertaken by Oxford University and involve participants living in an all glass building, a Photon Pod, on the island of Bornholm. The complexity of testing people in a living environment has been solved by the simplicity of providing 100% access to daylight in comfortable and healthy surroundings. The invaluable data produced will allow lighting designers and providers to develop schemes and products that complement and enhance natural light, as well as encouraging the correct biological responses.
Over the course of the project scientists, academics, architects, designers, health and learning professionals, commercial institutions and other interested parties will come together to discover how Photon Living can transform existing buildings and create new environments that can have a positive effect on health, well being, mood and behaviour, as well as creating the blueprint for design and architecture to take account of human needs.
The Photon Project welcomes new commercial partners for collaboration from industries that include: glass manufacturing; lighting; nanotechnology; applied material science; telemetry; gestural language; and many others. The Photon Project is also looking to collaborate with services such as: psychiatry; health providers; elderly care; leisure; and therapy in order to develop integrated solutions for Healthy Living in the Built Environment. Interested parties should contact Cantifix MD Charlie Sharman and Architect Brent Richards.