Philippe Rahm's 'Split Time Café'
this Philippe Rahm's 'Split time zone cafe' has created the illusion of three different times zones from the careful consideration of colour, playing on our bodies natural response to colour. Two of the three rooms have each been designating for different physiological environments and functions, whislt the third has been used as a control which mimics the natural motion of the sun.
Philippe Rahm refers to these spaces as 'temporality' and later describes them as such:
The first temporality, taken in an envelope of clear glass, is, in real time, the time of the natural solar course. Classic furniture of a café is there, tables and chairs.
The second temporality is built with a yellowcolored glass envelope, blocking the wavelengths of the light responsible for the fall of the melatonin in the body. It reproduces a true physiological night while being luminous. Furniture is here closer to a lounge and approaches the sofa to the bed.
The third temporality is defined by an envelope ofblue glass of which wavelengths block the secretion of the melatonin in the body. It is thus a kind of perpetual day, for action, which becomes a bar, with high tables only, where customers stay upright for short stays.
This project was one I happened to come across as I began searching for how architects use lighting in space to convey an emotions. it helped to show the pyschologocal power of lighting and how it can be used to convey different moments.