On September 2016, in the heart of the Helsinki Design Week, the world famous Silo 468 light art piece in Helsinki, Finland will house an unique gathering of minds from the world of architecture, design and lighting. Thinkers at world class level will join Lighting Design Collective (LDC) for third time in challenging and debating the current role of light, natural, artificial, digital, responsive and participatory in the architecture and in built environment.The aim of the THINK-IN-A-TANK annual series is to further critical design thinking in context of light in architecture and to identify current and future foresight ideas essential for the advancement of theoretical and creative approaches in this field. Following the successful 2014 & 2015 editions, international creative visionaries will engage in a process of exploration and exchange, performed in the experiential edge of the award-winning SILO 468 light art icon. The participants will navigate the event according to a proprietary set of triggers, leading to explorations on light and architecture. In particular, a LDC reframing tool will offer 16 “cards” with research-based triggers that capture the essence of creative possibilities to approach future design in paradigmatic terms. This will lead participants to shape their own visions of lighting incorporating stimuli from technical, organisational and socio-cultural nature.


The social, cultural and design role of lighting is facing major crossroads and departure points at this moment in history, from applicative history to digital futures. For example, the importance of natural and artificial light to the quality of life and the health of individuals are gaining recognition worldwide, reverting priorities that seemed to be consolidated for more than a century. At this stage, the evolution towards the next generation of artificial light and the experiences is unchartered. THINK-IN-A-TANK aims at establishing a thought-leading venue where multidisciplinary professional leaders will envision what will be next.


This will be a private invitation only event held inside the the SILO 468 a former oil tank converted into mesmerising light art piece by the sea in Helsinki, Finland. This multiple award winning light art intervention was opened in October 2012 and signified the start of a major urban redevelopment for the City of Helsinki. It functions to draw focus to a new Kruunuvuori “district of light” and creates a landmark and a marketing device for the City. Maybe most importantly through the use of natural and artificial light it created a unique civic space for the citizens to use. More information about the project see: SILO 468


logo_helsinkiThe next edition will be held 8th September 2016. The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week programme. The event is not public however the outcome will be made public through videos and online publications. Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture.Helsinki Design Week is produced by design service agency Luovi Productions ltd.

The Matrix

The participants will navigate the event according to a unique set of triggers, leading to dialogs and explorations that are shaped by the context of the day. In particular, the matrix tool will offer 16 “cards” with research-based triggers that capture the essence of a creative possibility to approach design in paradigmatic terms. Distribution of these 16 cards across teams will inevitably lead participants to shape their own visions of lighting design beyond plain lighting, incorporating ideas and stimuli from technical, organisational and socio-cultural nature.









Reframe the lighting experience as based on an unorthodox, formalized design process.


Reframe the lighting experience as a flow of diverse and distinctive highly specialized digital applications.


Reframe the lighting experience as based on a formal yet personal research approach, not necessarily one justified by academic theories.


Reframe the lighting experience by letting the socio-cultural context take the lead and determine the brief at the start of a structured process.



Reframe the lighting design process as based on multidisciplinary, modular sequences of repeatable steps.


Reframe the lighting experience as a seamless journey through one unified and pervasive digital ambient.


Reframe the lighting experience as a radical research opportunity, combining different scientific and technical fields, no matter how distant.


Reframe the lighting experience as a co-creative dialog with all involved stakeholders, at every step of an open process.



Reframe the lighting experience process as a documented outcome of one off intuitive design decisions grounded in personal motives and preferences.


Reframe the lighting experience as a highly contradicting, yet personally inspiring mix of high / low, pop / art and personal / public digital touch-points.


Reframe the lighting experience according to the most out-of-the-box practices of whatever field of your personal interest, no matter how distant from design or lighting.


Reframe the lighting experience as a critical enabler of social innovation and cultural change for a better society, to the point of disruption with the status quo.



Reframe the lighting experience as the outcome of your personal rituals, those everyday and unspoken practices, translated into universal principles.


Reframe the lighting experience as software-driven process for advanced augmented reality beyond current 3D and ICT models.


Reframe the lighting experience as the new leading framework of tomorrow’s urban / interior design.


Reframe the lighting experience from the point of view of informal leaders in the cultural context, to be identified and involved.




The event is organised and hosted by the Lighting Design Collective (www.ldcol.com) a design studio specialising in architectural lighting solutions and applications with integrated cutting-edge services such as digital content creation, software development and lighting design strategies. The company has offices in Madrid, Helsinki and London and has completed projects in 24 countries. Amongst the numerous awards received by LDC is Media Architecture Biennale Award for Best Spatial Media Art, German Design Award, IALD Award of Excellence and Architizer A+ Award. The event was co-designed with Marco Bevolo, urban futures sociologist.

Thinkers 2015

The participants are known design leaders and critical thinkers from the fields of Architecture, Lighting Design and Research. Participation is by exclusive invitation only. There will be no audience access to the event. 2016 thinkers will be announced in July 2016.
  • Jenny Osuldsen

    Jenny B. Osuldsen

    Jenny is one of the world’s foremost landscape architects and designers and a partner in architectural firm Snøhetta based in Oslo, Norway.

  • Janna Bystrykh

    Janna Bystrykh

    Janna is an associate at OMA*AMO, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, specialised in urban, educational and cultural projects.

  • FilippoLodi-UNStudio

    Filippo Lodi

    Filippo is a Senior Architect / Associate at UNStudio, Amsterdam, Netherlands, specialised in parametric and product design.

  • Alice Dietsch

    Alice Dietsch

    Alice is a director of AL_A architects from London, UK. Her working methods are driven by extensive research, experimentation and intellectual challenge.

  • Nacho

    Nacho Martín Asunción

    Nacho is founder and director of Mi5 Architects (Madrid-London) and its digital counterpart Made in Space VR, an office aimed to design the new scenarios for Virtual Reality. He obtained his Ph. D. in 2013 and he is Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London.

  • Tuomas Silvennoinen

    Tuomas Silvennoinen

    Tuomas is partner and design director at PES Architects, one of the leading international architectural design firms in Finland with offices in Helsinki and Shanghai.

  • Paul Cocksedge

    Paul Cocksedge

    British designer Paul Cocksedge creates visually spectacular and technically ingenious lights that celebrate the magical and transformative qualities of illumination.

  • Antti

    Antti Nousjoki

    Antti is an architect, a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York, and a founding partner of ALA Architects, a Helsinki-based firm. ALA is one of the frontrunners of a new generation of Nordic architecture practices.

  • Steven Bradley

    Steven Bradley

    Founder of SAB Connect, USA. Steven has developed his business strategy skills and competencies in 25+ years of experience in global business development and growth strategy with focus in the architectural lighting industry.

  • Santeri Lipasti

    Santeri Lipasti

    Santeri is a Partner in the Helsinki based Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects Ltd. The office´s projects range from experimental housing to high end public buildings and from product design to town planning. Santeri also teaches at Aalto University Department of Architecture.

  • Aleksi Niemeläinen

    Aleksi Niemeläinen

    Aleksi is a founding partner at Helsinki based multidisciplary design practice Futudesign which embraces new technologies and use inherently 3D-printing, laser cutting, programming and other intriguing methods in their projects. Aleksi also teaches sustainable city planning at the Aalto University.

  • Tapio Rosenius

    Tapio Rosenius

    Tapio is the founder of Lighting Design Collective, Madrid, Helsinki & London. Originally from Finland he is a highly recognised designer and an artist with projects in the Europe, Africa, Asia and Middle East.

  • Kristian Krogh

    Kristian Krogh

    Kristian is a partner and lighting design director at Lighting Design Collective in London, United Kingdom. His background in product design and Scandinavian roots drives his attention to design simplicity and functionality.

  • Jari Vuorinen

    Jari Vuorinen

    Jari is a partner and lighting design director at Lighting Design Collective Oy in Helsinki, Finland. His love for narrative driven design and his background in film lighting drives his creative approach.

  • Marco Bevolo

    Marco Bevolo

    Urban futures sociologist & session moderator. Marco is a Lecturer at NHTV University of Applied Sciences, Breda and a Principal Urban Futures consultant for Philips Lighting EMEA. He is the editor / co-author of four books and a PhD candidate with research on the role of design in urban futures.

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For more information or to request high resolution images or interviews with attendees please contact: Tapio Rosenius, +34 671673773, tapio@ldcol.com
For general Lighting Design Collective contacts see below:


Lighting Design Collective SL
Carrera de San Jeronimo 16, 2-D
28014 Madrid
Tel: +34 911885851
Contact: Mr Tapio Rosenius
Email: info@ldcol.com


Lighting Design Collective Oy
Kasarminkatu 34 D 26
00130 Helsinki
Tel: +358 405243616
Contact: Mr Jari Vuorinen
Email: helsinki@ldcol.com


Lighting Design Collective Ltd
180-186 King’s Cross Road
London WC1X 9DE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)203 286 9665
Contact: Mr Kristian Krogh
Email: london@ldcol.com