Lighting : Lighting December 2016
66 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | December 2016/January 2017 December 2016/January 2017 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 67 2016 IESANZ INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS Award of Excellence TO JENNI GILLARD OF JENNI GILLARD ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGNERS FOR BOWEN COURT Designer’s statement: The lighting budget and constraints of the original building design for Bowen Court provided significant challenges in achieving the best day/night lighting outcomes possible for our least well-off, while designing solutions that deliver economy into the future and showcasing what can be delivered when every cent counts. Judges’ comments: The lighting for this recycled housing project is primarily to produce a safe, efficient and low-cost environment. It has achieved this but with a bonus that makes very basic dwellings and their connecting and public spaces seem like an upmarket unit block. The designer used a mixture of lighting techniques to illuminate stairwells, landings and open areas. Indirect lighting and diffused light has been used effectively to achieve aesthetic as well as pragmatic objectives. Custom made but inexpensive components were used, such as the lightboxes in every unit that harvest daylight and provide electric light by night. Luminaire manufacturers: Caribou and Bega One of Bowen Courts courtyards, economically but effectively lit. SUPREME Brilliance Award Designer’s statement: This project brief was to create a unique, world-class museum experience that has never been seen before in a traditional museum setting. The exhibition is a five year installation showcasing the traumatic journey of eight participants of World War I, creating a narrative from their often heart-wrenching stories, fully immersing audiences in this powerful, reverential exhibition. The intention of the lighting was to support and enhance the visitor’s journey through each of the stories of these New Zealanders at war in remarkable circumstances. Large circular exhibition spaces house life-like giant characters, at 2.4 times life size, towering over visitors up to 4m high. The backdrops are dark, with light focused on the Giants. A narrative plays in the background with excerpts of the spoken word projected on the walls. Carefully placed lighting effects on the floor help guide visitors through the space. Judges’ comments: This is an outstanding series of displays and supporting material very carefully and expertly lit. The lighting of the Giants superbly reveals the details of their skin, faces and the oversized threads used to make their clothing and the wear and tear of not only their uniforms but A medical officer kneels at a fallen soldier giving a personal touch to the overwhelming task. The lighting subtly highlights the face of the kneeling soldier with a respectfully lower lighting level on the fallen soldier. Soft uplighting within the display highlights the face and reduces the hash shadows from the overhead lighting recognising that the figures are viewed from a lower level. The drama and stress of the machine gunner is reinforced by highlighted specific points of interest rather than washing the whole scene with light. The lights in the ceiling were directed and shielded to not cause glare or discomfort to people viewing from the other side. their bodies. The synthetic beads of perspiration glisten in the carefully directed beams of light. Special care was taken to hide the spotlights that were essential to revealing their form and expressions. Just enough, carefully placed light was used. A great effort was made to limit spill and reflected light from the Giants onto the surrounding materials and AV displays. Superlatives and photographs are inadequate for describing the achievement: it must be seen to be appreciated. THE SUPREME BRILLIANCE AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO MARC SIMPSON FROM TOULOUSE GROUP FOR “GALLIPOLI THE SCALE OF OUR WAR” EXHIBITION, TE PAPA TONGAREWA MUSEUM, WELLINGTON. THE EXHIBITION DESIGNER SIR RICHARD TAYLOR FROM WETA WORKSHOP. A Bowen Court corridor showing one of the daylight access lightboxes.
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