The Photon Space is becoming known as the first all-glass modular structure of its kind that addresses the health benefits of exposure to natural light and the importance of those benefits in our contemporary lifestyle — where many of us spend it indoors — and its everyday stresses.
Recently launched on Crowdcube by The Photon Project, the Photon Space is a luxury daytime suite that has a 45 m2 footprint and includes a furnished living room, a double bedroom, and a modular integrated kitchen and bathroom. But what distinguishes the Photon Space is its intelligent glass architecture.
The design of the Photon Space glass is supported by recent long-term research led by Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. Professor Foster's research states that a healthy dose of natural light can help regulate circadian rhythms, reduce stress, and improve mood, among other benefits. The multi-layered, high-performance glass walls are bonded to curved glass beams and account for insulation, solar gain, UV transmittance, sound levels, and temperate climate control.
The Photon Space can also access more of the blue light spectrum — which is considered the best type of light to regulate sleep patterns and reduce stress — and let in an ample amount of natural light. With advanced built-in nanotechnology, the Photon Space's glass can also be darkened to create an appropriate environment to regulate sleep when it's most needed (like when you're jet-lagged), even in broad daylight.
As a modular structure, the Photon Space can be built in approximately 4 weeks. According to the designers, its integrated steel subframe allows the structure to have low local impact to its surroundings and can potentially be built in locations like spas, hotels and resorts, health retreats, and medical centers.