"O" by ELEMENTAL
is a Do Tank founded in 2001, led by Pritzker Prize 2016 Alejandro Aravena and partners Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó and Diego Torres. ELEMENTAL’s work stands out for engaging in projects that range from housing to public space, from objects to buildings, covering a wide spectrum of interests. Their unbiased approach to a given question enables the office to enter fields they haven’t explored before, generating an original contribution to people’s quality of life.
One of the strongest intrusions in the natural order (and yet one of which remains almost unnoticed) is the disappearance of darkness in our cities. In the attempt to make parks safe, we not only invade them with poles and cables; but we forever alter the circadian rhythm, which is crucial for the existence of species, both animal and vegetal. Our strategy is twofold: on the one hand, it is to design a light for public spaces that can be as imperceptible as possible when it is not used; light without a lamp. On the other hand, it is to use different types of sensors so that light appears just when needed, light only on demand.