The Air Luminarium


One of the tunnels through the luminarium


It has been a while since my last blog post, but Summer Project developments and my final Master’s project occurred and I got carried away with various things. Anyway, I found some time before I headed off on my Summer Project travels to visit the Air Luminarium inflatable structure that appeared at the University of Nottingham.


An internal pillar with strips of green at the top and bottom
The roof in the green section of the luminarium


A luminarium is a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. Each of the luminarium sculptures is a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes, each with its own unique and original design. The layout of each of the domes, and the way the different shaped structures, based on Islamic architecture, is put together creates the magical spaces inside.


The roof of the blue section of the luminarium



A passerby walking into the red room of the luminarium


The plastic structures are created from only four colours of plastic, and they way they are put together they are used to generate a diverse range of hues of the colours chosen, Blue, Green, Grey and Red. The plastic is solely produced for the use of the Architects of Air and usually are designed to be zipped together on site, and then inflated to their full size.


The centre room roof, designed to be similar to a pineapple.


The structure featured in this blog post is the newest structure, Katena, and was put on show at the lakeside arts centre at the University of Nottingham. This structure was designed and made in Nottingham, so this was the first showing of this new structure before it set off on its travels around the world.


A pillar through the red section illuminating the sides surroundings and people in a red hue



An abstract view of the blue section



A view of the calming grey section


This colourful and naturally lit structure is carefully thought out and designed to make the most of the way light reflects, refracts, luminesces as well as making the most of its iridescent properties.


An Ants eye view, looking directly up through the centre room, designed like a pineapple



A blue pillar of light


This extraordinary structure was certainly an experience and one that was very calming and inspirational for many creative thoughts to develop. The current location of this particular structure can be found on and is certainly worth a visit to believe it.


A view of the roof of the blue section


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