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Lighting : April 2010 Whos Who of Lighting
28 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2010 2009 IESANZ INtErNAtIoNAl lIghtINg AwArdS IES A WARDS MeLbouRne theAtRe coMPAnY — fAçAde And theAtRe, MeLbouRne designer: John ford, electrolight Architects: Ashton baggatt Mcdougall, umowLai Judges’ coMMents: This building makes a huge impact when viewed at night: it appears to be just a 3 dimensional framework of what looks like a series of distorted cubes. The building is black, surrounded by a tubular steel structure, painted gloss white. The foyers that are glazed aren’t really apparent until you get near to the building because of the striking effect of the tubular framework. The design objective of lighting only the steel was largely achieved with very little spill light onto the black exterior. The lighting of the tubular steel is excellent because the lighting produces the gradation of brightness that is necessary for the framing to be seen as tubular rather than flat. The final effect was achieved by using outreach arms with luminaries that had very tightly- controlled, fan-shaped distributions. An essential part of the success was the fine-tuning of position and aim, onsite once the building was completed. The auditorium, like so many modern theatres, is basically a black box with a proscenium arch stage. The stage FIGURE 9. The MTC interior set to red for the walls and galleries (photo: Shannon McGrath). lighting design was one of Denis Irving’s last projects before he died in 2009. The auditorium design uses PARcans to light the seating area but the interesting feature of the auditorium is the way the walls and the access galleries are treated. The latter use RGB infloor uplighting that allows the walls of the galleries to be lit to any colour or brightness decided by the theatre lighting designer. The black plywood walls are drilled with thousands of holes behind which is cavity that is also lit using RGB LED lighting. This lighting can be controlled by the theatre lighting designer to create whatever colour appearance may suit the production. The thousands of holes are actually pixels making up letters, which in turn form hundreds of words that are quotes from the many plays performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company. The effect is not only clever but it also allows the creation of moods using colour. suPPLIeRs: Sill, Space Cannon, Lightmoves, Erco, iGuzzini, Selecon FIGURE 10. The remarkable night view of the Melbourne Theatre Company façade (photo: Shannon McGrath).
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