Lighting : Lighting August 2015 - Vol 35 Issue 4
12 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | August/September 2015 August/September 2015 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 13 FEATURE Abuilding’s façade is its public face. It tells a visual story about the building and its history, and delivers key insights into the business that operates behind it. Illuminating these stories effectively and drawing connections between the building’s exterior appearance and interior spaces is an important component of the lighting designer’s role. “Any façade lighting should be considered as an expression of the internal workings of the building,” says Jess Perry, a senior designer and director at lighting design consultancy Electrolight. This approach is reflected in façade lighting schemes around the world, with designers developing lighting plans that are essentially microcosms of the businesses behind them. In China, for example, UNIT Studio has designed a façade lighting scheme for music download company A8 Music Group that responds to songs being downloaded in real time. In Melbourne, the Electrolight-designed AAMI Park Stadium façade can be programmed to respond to activity within the stadium so that people outside it can get sense of what’s happening, even if they can’t see the playing field. “For example, a goal might be kicked and all of a sudden the stadium outside goes crazy and everyone can get a sense of and be involved in that experience,” says Perry, whose team picked up a Melbourne Design Award for the project, described as a ‘living design’ and comprised of over 1500 custom-designed, individually- programmable LED fixtures. Similarly, the lighting for the Crown Casino’s Eastern Façade in Melbourne, an Electrolight project in collaboration with Bates Smart, makes a stunning statement about the inner workings of the casino itself. The lighting brief was to transform the façade’s classic glass and stone architectural features into a glowing, jewel-like box at night. “That sense of sophistication and class is what the casino wanted to convey – it’s the high end part of the casino, and that’s what they want people to feel before they enter, so absolutely, façade lighting is about providing, or expressing, the internal feel a building,” Perry says. Like AAMI Stadium, the Crown Casino lighting scheme was predominantly comprised of LEDs, part of an industry-wide shift away from the days of exterior floodlighting, in which large- scale light fixtures were planted at the base of a building, and towards smaller, more agile lighting technologies like LEDs that enable truly dynamic façade lighting design. The changing face of façade lighting BY CLAIRE THOMPSON ABOVE and RIGHT: The 1500 LEDs on the AAMI Park Stadium façade in Melbourne can be programmed to respond to activity within the stadium. Image courtesy of Electrolight. Photography by Peter Glenane. Photography by Shannon McGrath.
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