Published on: October 12, 2011
Point of View designed lighting for Castle Hill Gold Class Lounge in Sydney/Australia.
Here follows press release from Point of view:
The Brief was to create an environment that would encourage patrons to linger before or after a movie. Unlike most cinema bars, this project required the environment to replicate a âdestinationâ bar where a convivial environment would encourage socialising beyond the typical transitory experience found in most cinema foyers. POVÂ received aÂ IES Award of Commendation in 2009 for this project.
A large ceiling bulkhead that cuts through the space related to the projection room above was a primary imposition in the space, but was treated as a opportunity rather than an impediment. We experimented with the core material of cinema, and developed a continuous light box filled with redundant film, back-lit with 2500K LED to create gold, glowing feature, a signature proposed for future âGold classâ lounges.Â The illuminated bulkhead wraps around the central bar which is lit by 6 pendants modified to a gold finish to suit the lounge theme. The pendants were chosen because their abstract ribbon construction supports the film reference in the bulkhead. The bar front is illuminated from neon mounted below the bar top. Great care was taken to balance the space visually; to reinforce the bar as the focus without competing with the surrounding features. The source in the pendants is halogen, and dimmed. The bar front neon is also dimmed.
In the tall seating area, intimacy is achieved through the use of custom designed light columns. These full height features segregate the area from the thoroughfare, and also create pockets for small groups to mix discreetly. Made from acrylic tubes, a metallic fabric is scrunched into the main tube, around an inner acrylic cylinder. The inner cylinder provides a clear cavity for the light to travel (up and down), and illuminate the full height. Careful detailing ensures that lamp replacement is simple, without disassembly and without the need of specialist tools. The light source is 50w halogen, top and bottom, and dimmed. In this area, as with other seating arrangements, tables are hard-accented with narrow beam halogen down lights.
The banquette seating incorporates a ribbon of neon (warm white) into the seat back, again drawing from the film reference. This source is diffused behind opal acrylic and baffled by locating the diffuser deep into the back rest. The neon treatment provides gentle indirect illumination and the effect distinguishes this area from other zones. Also in this area are halogen projectors which create abstract stationary light patterns to the wall as a back drop effect, projection being appropriate for the nature of the bar business. Tables are pin spotted with very narrow beam halogen fittings. As there was no ability to recess, surface fixtures were used.
A wrap around curtain grazed with narrow beam down lights defines a small area allocated to private parties and functions. This is the sole illumination for this area, providing sufficient reflected light for task. The illuminated curtain also creates a mid-distance feature when viewing through to the cinema destination.Â The cinema foyer is lit by rear projection behind a special panel that pixellates light and imagery.
The original concept was to project silhouette images of people moving around, referencing early b/w movies where images were unstable and also implying human activity behind the panels, but the equipment to achieve this and the associated production costs caused the idea to be parred back. Notwithstanding the rationalisation, we are happy that the end result create an ethereal effect and helps to construct a sense of anticipation prior to entering the theatres.
The bathrooms are equally dramatic, to suit the project ambitions of making a substantially different statement of intent, compared with other cinema bars. The primary light source in the cubicles is a custom designed light fitting and mirror element integrated into the wall divider. This single feature illuminates the face at the hand basin and is sufficient to light 2 cubicles. A narrow beam downlight is located to accent the corner and deliberately unbalance the space.
In the central communal area, cold cathode sources are integrated into the wall to up light the ceiling and separately wash the floor. Over the vanity a narrow beam downlight pin-spots each basin. Decorative wall lights cast light patterns on the end wall as a destination view.
A Dynalite control system manages the entire lounge and bathrooms. It provides automated scenes (3 scenes + cleaners mode) which are time clock controlled to suit the changing moods and activities during the day and night.
Photographer: Brent Winstone
Architect: Indyk Architects
Posted by: Maja Apih