Since 1992 more than 3 million visitors in over 40 countries across 5 continents have been welcomed into Architects of Air’s monumental luminaria, immersed in radiant colour that comes simply from daylight shining through the luminarium’s fabric.

The luminaria have been seen in a great variety of contexts: at festivals of music, theatre, science & dance, at arts centres & museums, at community, corporate & school events, architecture & design related events, etc. The luminaria are also presented as a stand-alone event e.g. as part of a civic summer programme.

All luminaria are of a similar large scale (1000m2 /10,000ft2) and are modular to adapt to different sites. Seven luminaria are currently touring: Albesila, Katena, Arboria, Pentalum, Miracoco, Mirazozo and Amococo. In addition two small luminaria, called  ‘Lumini’, that we dedicate to special projects are also available.


Dodecalis (2019 new design)

Dodecalis presents the latest evolution of the dodecahedral dome in its most exciting manifestation yet, with a dazzling tracery of luminous lines enlacing the three Dodecadomes. Dodecalis also feature a Tree, awe-inspiring in its convolutions, and a magnificent Main Dome.

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Daedalum (2019 new design)

Daedalum features 19 egg-shaped domes as a central maze. Passing through the maze the visitor can discover two original features – an incredibly intricate rainbow-coloured tree and a cavernous dome on whose lofty ceiling is inspired by the Pantheon of Rome.

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Albesila

With its egg-shaped domes Albesila takes its inspiration from Eggopolis, the luminarium that launched Architects of Air 25 years previously.  Albesila is a fundamentally fresh approach to luminarium design.  The major new element is the 27 egg-domes joined together in a rectilinear grid. 

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Katena

Katena takes its name from the catenary curve - the graceful shape of a chain suspended from 2 points. (Catalan architect Gaudi designed the Sagrada Familia by hanging chains). More than 100 catenary curves are found in Katena.

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Arboria

Arboria, is dedicated to the theme of trees. Arboreal references are found in structural forms, in graphic representation and in a remarkable sound experience - a commissioned soundtrack recorded in the Amazonian jungle.

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Qodlumin 

Qodlumin features 4 very individual domes; Hepta-Dome inspired by Islamic architecture, Mono-Chrome-Dome inspired by a Le Corbusier chapel with an oculus delivering a shaft of white light, Arborica with its canopy of spiraling blue lights and the Neon Dodecadome whose dazzling contour lines sinuously embrace its stellated dodecahedral surface.

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Miracoco

Miracoco takes AoA’s pneumatic engineering to the next level with new approaches to solving structural challenges. Miracoco’s Centre Dome inspired by India’s Lotus Temple is one of the fruits of this new technology.

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Past luminaria designs

Alan Parkinson has been designing luminaria since 1985 and has built over 25 luminarium designs: Environment 1, Environment 2, Eggopolis, Meggopolis, Luminarium III, Luminarium IV, Archipelago, Wunderbare Welten, Sensorama, Levity, Arcazaar, Ixilum, Amozozo, Triaxial, Levity II, Enschede Dome, Levity III, Amococo, Mirazozo, Miracoco, Little Dome, Exxopolis, The Tig, Arborica, Pentalum, Mono Chrome Dome, Arboria and  Katena.

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Lumini

Accessibility & inclusivity to the widest audience is central to the work and AoA seeks to develop collaborations with hosts interested to promote social inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in the wider community. A luminarium also lends itself to meetings and workshops that might also interest the more corportate type events. Little Dome and Arborica are two smaller type luminaria that have been specially built for this purpose. 

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Luminaria on tour photo gallery