Lighting : Lighting August 2015 - Vol 35 Issue 4
16 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | August/September 2015 August/September 2015 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 17 façade, at about 365 metres, which is comprised of high and low resolution screens and LED blades made out of aluminium – without proper regulation they have the potential to become an eyesore. “I guess my opinion on that is that it’s very risky, and that you might end up with a beautiful building and a beautiful, integrated LED solution, but then McDonalds might end up advertising, you know, Big Macs on the front of the building,” Perry says. “I guess you just need to be mindful that if you do have the ability to advertise, how do you restrict what is actually advertised on that façade?” So far in Australia, the use of such lighting and media installations remains minimal, with Tan-Hayes saying that the practice is yet to be embraced here in any serious way. However, he cautions that installations overseas may eventually have an impact on the domestic market. “In a commercial context in Australia, it’s not as well accepted, that sort of flashy façade lighting and media facades and things like that, just because it’s still a little bit out of context for us,” he says. “However, there are places in our cities where we have those things, and I think it, you know, especially with the onset of LED billboards, I think it will sort of gather some momentum. Regardless of the building type, however, successful façade lighting schemes have one thing in common: essentially, they adhere to the principles of good design. “The tricks we use to detail lighting in the interior can be applied at scale to a façade, and in principle it’s the same philosophy, I guess. You’re drawing people’s attention to the details and architecture that you want them to see, and creating peaks and troughs and highlights through the application of the light,” Tan-Hayes says. “The principles are sort of fundamentally the same for any lighting design; you’re looking to enhance the features of a design without impacting on that design with bad detailing or just applying lights to that design. “There’s always going to be something new and flashy; that’s not going to go away. I can only hope that we have the sensibility to apply it well.” For buildings like No. 1 Martin Place and Sydney’s Town Hall, heritage restrictions that restrict where and how lights can be affixed make small, flexible lighting technologies an attractive option. Images courtesy of PointOfView, photography by Brent Winstone Photography. You’re drawing people’s attention to the details and architecture that you want them to see, and creating peaks and troughs and highlights through the application of the light.
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