Lighting : Lighting April 2014 - Vol 34 Issue 2
34 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2014 April/May 2014 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 35 feature 1. Do you remember the moment/event that piqued your interest in lighting design? My first memory of the phenomenon of light was when my father took me to a concert when I was 11 years old. We attended a live show of Bon Jovi at the Perth Entertainment Centre, and little did I know that this experience was going to fuel my desire to feel this energy whenever and wherever I could. I progressed from concerts with my parents to the underground rave scene where basement car parks and abandoned warehouses were transformed by sound and light into amazing spaces of heightened perspective. I then dedicated my time to finance a pilgrimage to a place beyond what Perth could offer. Thirteen years later I arrived at the Montreux Jazz Festival and was in the main space waiting for the headline act to perform; my anticipation was building as we were left in the dark waiting to be charged by what I had always perceived to be supernatural events, the penny dropped “I can do this for a living”. The following day I searched online for performance lighting courses and the first result was lighting design at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts; that was the moment I realised I was interested in lighting design and I didn’t even know it. 2. you recently won an IESANZ Award of Excellence at the 2013 IESANZ Excellence Awards for designing the lighting for the external pools at Crown metropole in perth. Could you tell us what the top three factors you had to consider for that project? The main factor we considered was the human factor which evolved in three ways for our client, patrons and contractors/suppliers. The programme for this design came at a time when the then Burswood Entertainment Complex had just been bought out by Crown Limited, our long lasting reputation and working relationship with Burswood had come to an end. The newly appointed team had been assembled from Las Vegas and the east coast of Australia and had expectations of a global magnitude from us here in little old Perth. That was our first opportunity to work with, establish and impress this accomplished management team. What the patrons experience dining at the two world class restaurants, of which the pool is the vista, was of significant importance. We had to enhance a built environment that would evoke something a little different as most people would prefer a natural landscape when considering a setting with a view. The communication, trust and relationships we relied on with our suppliers and contractors was of great value for a project of this nature. There were many a late night clambering around on roof tops, floating in inflatable boats and even scuba diving to ensure the delivery of this reasonably complex lighting system. It was all installed in a site that has close proximity to the swan river with a fluctuating water table and exposed to the temperatures of the wonderful Perth summer which technically proved quite challenging to allow for. This was the first time I had worked on a pool project and looking back I now realise the importance of human connection on all levels, that’s what made this project what it is and it is amazing that it has been recognised as a result of that. 3. Do you think it is possible to design a sustainable lighting system for pools? To be honest this is the first time I have been asked to consider sustainability. If I need to consider it seriously I ask our sustainability guru, here is his take that will add some value for your readers. “I guess it comes down to what you define as sustainable? The majority of our clients are interested in economic sustainability in the first instance – the fact that our projects offer improved environmental and/or social outcomes via integrated sustainable design (ISD) is a bonus. The key question with a pool lighting system is what is the source of power for the system? If it is black coal grid power supply to the facility owner on an exponentially rising cost curve then it is not sustainable from either economic or environmental points of view. You can play around with the efficiency (ᶮ) of Luke Ellis, Lighting Designer – BCA Consultants, perth WA designerQ&A My first memory of the phenomenon of light was when my father took me to a concert when I was 11 years old.
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