Lighting : LIGHTING October-November 2017
24 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | October/November 2017 October/November 2017 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 25 Foranarchitectwithhighcreativeexpectations– apart from his own studio building, designed by himself – there can hardly be a more fitting office space than an old industrial loft. The atmospheric quality of these usually high rooms, which are frequently flooded with light, their rugged charm and their workshop character explains why they have attracted creative minds for so long. The architect, Angelo Candalepas, who moved with his team into a listed commercial building in the heart of Sydney’s bustling Central Business District, also succumbed to this charm. LIGHT AS THE CENTRAL ISSUE IN OFFICE DESIGN One of the lighting design challenges of this project was the distinctively different amounts of daylight in individual areas, which required a balance of natural and electric light. Therefore, 3000K dimmable lights were used throughout the office, so that the electric light could match the changing daylight conditions. A further challenge was posed by the uneven, highly articulated ceilings: ERCO track was so successfully integrated into this ceiling structure that it can only be perceived as a supplementary element. DIFFERENTIATED LIGHTING CONCEPT WITH THREE LUMINAIRE FAMILIES Following Richard Kelly’s lighting philosophy that lighting should be installed only where it is needed, we developed a convincing, differentiated light concept, which was essentially implemented using three luminaire families. Whereas in the rather dark basement 8W Starpoint downlights with wide flood lenses provide a bright, friendly atmosphere, SUBMITTED BY ERCO, EDITED BY WARREN JULIAN Architect’s listed building office atmospherically illuminated CASE STUDY in the entrance area and offices spotlights from the Parscan and Pantrac luminaire families with a variety of wattages and light distributions were used. On the ground floor, where the meeting areas are principally located, 24W Parscan wallwashers produce ambient lighting, which serve several purposes: it expands the visual impression of the rather tube-like division of the spaces, sets off the substance of the old building and makes the material on the large pin boards legible. Accent light is provided by 24W Parscan spotlights with flood lenses, angled towards the discussion tables. In the office areas on the first and second floors, where people work at screens, Parscan spotlights with oval flood light distribution are used to illuminate the surfaces of the desks. For the ambient lighting 12W wallwashers were the choice. They were supplemented in areas with particularly high ceilings by 24W Pantrac ceiling washlights. THE ICING ON THE CAKE FOR THE LIGHTING SOLUTION With respect to the lighting design, Angelo Candalepas’ personal office proved particularly delicate, due to its high ceiling and large windows. While his desk has been placed next to the window, the drawing board is located away from the window. Here two 24W ceiling washlights provide suitable ambient lighting and a spotlight directs the light with perfect precision onto the drawing board. For the evening hours on Candalepas’ desk, ERCO’s task light, Lucy, stands and displays its useful advantages: it can be swivelled and directed for individual purposes and can be dimmed down to one percent. CREDITS Project: Candalepas Associates, Sydney/Australia Architecture: Candalepas Associates, Sydney/Australia Photography: © ERCO GmbH, www.erco.com, photography: Jackie Chan, Sydney/Australia Products: Lucy, Pantrac, Parscan, Starpoint A Sydney architect and his team acquired a listed commercial building. The newly furnished rooms show in an exemplary fashion how a lighting solution for offices, based on perception- oriented lighting design, can be both effective and pleasing. There is abundant daylight from the high windows, supplemented by electric lighting, deeper into the space. Daylight supplemented by wallwashing and downlighting results in a dramatic appearance. The shadows indicate that the flow of daylight is from below, through the windows and onto the white ceiling, from where it illuminates the room.
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