Radiance35, Belgium


the CIO parc in Lausanne

the “Passerelle” bridge in Li├Ęge

“Behind the wall”, lighting scheme in Brussels

Light and the city are central to the preoccupations of Isabelle Corten. The professional experience of this lighting designer has been gained through successful projects in Belgium and abroad.

Light cannot be confined within the overly restrictive constraints of a sometimes narcissistic exercise in style. Rather, it is an issue of social cohesion. Isabelle Corten does not, therefore, limit herself simply to designing the lighting or illumination for a site. She adds that extra something that is the hallmark of a resolutely political approach. No doubt, her training as a town planner leads her to constantly question the meaning of her approach. The town, a living space inhabited by men, women and children reflects its social framework. A street, a square, an avenue or a tree, all become another prism through which to comprehend the urban reality. It is therefore possible to develop different types of lighting to reflect a social order. Isabell e Corten has shown that this is so.

As architect and town planner, specialising in public spaces and lighting, she has worked on the redevelopment of public spaces in Belgium and abroad. After founding her own practice in 2001, she created Radiance35 in 2010, a lighting agency of 7 people.