Published on: April 6, 2011
Lighting Design International sent us images of their recent project in London/UK for a heritage building knows as The Peak.
It encompasses lighting of a facade in the middle of a busy urban neighbourhood.
More about the Peak read below
Heron International briefed Lighting Design International to enhance the night-time appearance of what was intended to be a landmark building, designed by Sheppard Robson, in the very heart of Victoria.Â Known as The Peak, its form is derived from the location, fitting snugly opposite one of the busiest transport interchanges in the UK and surrounded by theatres and shops.
The exterior lighting has been integrated into the fabric of the building wherever possible minimising glare whilst maximising its effect and impact. It consists of four basic components.Â At low level the pavement runs below the facade of the building. Here, simple low glare metal halide downlights provide a safe level of functional lighting to the pedestrian concourse throughout the night. The most prominent component is the colour changing LED strip lighting which is in fact located inside the building, concealed at each floor plate within a minimal indirect cove detail. At roof level the exposed structural elements and overhanging eyelid are uplit using a variety of metal halide fittings to highlight their form and provide definition to the overall composition.
The lighting is set to run automatically from dusk until 23:00 (apart from the concourse lighting that runs till dawn). The coloured lighting slowly sequences through various colours and patterns throughout the evening with all the other lighting being on consistently. On special occasions such as St. Valentineâ€™s Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Day, specific scenes have been programmed in to the system and can be selected by the client.
As a sustainable building, various renewable energy sources are employed to help power the building. Additionally the light sources have been selected for their longevity and energy efficiency characteristics.
Budget, energy restrictions and maintenance regimes aside, without a doubt, the biggest challenge to face the scheme has come from the avid interest from Westminster City Council, Transport for London and the local residents association. The uplighting at roof level has been specified to include accessories that minimise glare, particularly from the residentâ€™s perspective and the fittings are orientated and heavily cowled to minimise light spillage into the sky. The level of light spilling into the residentâ€™s properties was demonstrated to be negligible and to have no impact on their civic amenity. The colour changing in the LED striplighting has been timed to be very slow so as not to be distracting to someone walking, driving past or stationary at a traffic light. The colour palette available for use was limited to ensure no conflict between the colours of the LEDs and the colours of traffic signals i.e. no red, amber or green colours could be used on the sides of the building facing onto the most pedestrian traffic signals.
Design Associate Nishi Shah says â€śThe Peakâ€™s architecture is enhanced with lighting giving this new landmark a strong visual night-time presence in the heart of this busy interchange.â€ť
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