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About Virtual Skylights


The most sought-after feature in any architecture is a visual connection to nature. When building design or location precludes this life-supporting feature, a biophilic illusion of nature restores this essential wellness benefit.

Designed by artists using time-honored principles of aesthetic composition, Sky Factory's unique Open Sky Compositions are multisensory images of healing beauty. Sky Factory is the only designer of evidence-based, virtual skylights. Unlike similar products, our process is informed by neuroscience. When nature imagery is deliberately woven into architectural context, it elicits a more powerful multisensory response—the key to Sky Factory illusions of nature’s unique ability to engage spatial cognition.

sky ceiling light box, Virtual Skylights

Open Skies Image Technology


Designed and manufactured according to a proprietary framework called Open Skies Image Technology, artists, engineers, and craftspeople collaborate in the creation of images that have a multisensory effect on the human physiology.

The result are Open Sky Compositions that are not only beautiful depictions of sky events, but simultaneously engage spatial cognition.

This phenomenon, backed by published research, endows our installations with the ability to engross observers in an optical illusion that yields meaningful therapeutic benefits for mind and body.

Skies Images Technology architecture, Virtual Skylights

Restorative and Biophilic Design


Restorative and Biophilic Design, sunlight, Virtual Skylights

Sky Factory's illusions of nature™ are a visual technology that goes beyond distracting the viewer with a backlit image. Instead, these illusions of sky reduce mental agitation and evoke a visceral feeling of expansion while engaging our organs of perception.

It is this feeling of expansion in enclosed interiors that is responsible for the deeper restorative experience that observers have reported for over a decade.

Range of Products


Luminous SkyCeilings

Luminous SkyCeilings are our flagship virtual skylights—architectural illusions of real sky views—designed to create perceived open space. Modular and easy to install, they can create a surprising array of rectangular shapes.

  • Real sky views that trigger the beneficial "Relaxation Response" for mind and body
  • Modular and can be designed to create any rectangular shape, or arrangement of shapes
  • Easy to install, and work with existing grid systems
luminous slab in the sky, Virtual Skylights



Four virtual skies, Virtual Skylights

Custom Luminous SkyCeilings

Sky Factory's team of sky designers welcome the opportunity to work with you to create custom-tailored illusions of nature for your space.

  • Create seamless virtual skylights at any scale
  • Custom design brought to life with rich assortment of shapes & designs
  • Beautiful photographs by award-winning visual artists compositions



Revelation Skylights

Sky Factory's Revelation SkyCeiling™ is a next generation Luminous SkyCeiling designed for the larger spaces and higher ceilings found in various commercial, corporate, and public environments.

Revelation Skylights architecture

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