Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lighting Today Magazine Features AWA Project: FIFC

First International Finance Center

Project Team:

Client: Starwood Capital, Vornado, The Chatterjee Group (TCG), Urban Infrastructure Real Estate Fund
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team: Somaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Gherzi Eastern
Photo Credits: AWA Lighting Designers

AWA Points of innovation:

1. Creating a custom detail into the buildings 100m long façade’s glass mullion system to create appearance of continuous line of light, terminated by “End Caps” that are lit.
2. Locating high-power uplights to precisely graze the fins on the north and south facades with light.
3. Creating an apron of light to uplight the vertical trellis on the south façade that highlights the trellis without impacting the visual comfort of the people in the building.
4. Highlighting the vertical surfaces of the lobby in a way to reduce the need for downlights and to accentuate the visual connection between the east and west entrances.
5. Recessing LED downlights within a slot to graze the lobby feature walls in order to highlight the depth and texture of the wall.

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AWA Lighting Design Narrative:

After several discussions with the architect, the lighting concept arose from wanting to highlight the architectural elements and materiality of the project. By lighting these slots we were able to highlight the verticality of the building at night. The building’s “iconic” element on the West Façade is a “floating glass tube” that projects 8m from the building’s facade. We worked with the architect to integrate linear LED lighting into the horizontal mullions in the tubes mullion structure. The result of this integrated lighting detail is that the tube maintains its clean architectural appearance at during the day and then comes alive from within at night with light. The lighting heightens the sense of the “tube” floating over the building’s entrance. The lighting on the East Façade highlights the full height vertical trellis that acts as a shading structure for the glazing interior façade behind. Mockups were generated to study the trellis structure for the optimum lighting solution. We studied the lighting design options taking into account glare for both ground floor visitors looking up at structure, and workers within the building looking down at the beautiful landscape. The final design solution was to uplight the trellis from the base. Both the East and West Facades had vertical reveals which went from ground level to roof. We highlighted these architectural gestures with high power lighting downlights at the top and uplights at the bottom of each slot.
The North and South facades were conceptualized as the bookends for the building. These facades have glass fins with a metal interstitial layer that are placed at the intersection of the façade cladding members. We studied how to light the fins to create the designed effect. The final design uses focused high power very narrow beam in-ground uplight fixtures that have been located precisely on the ground floor level.

The site lighting design intent site was to keep all lighting at the pedestrian level. No tall poles or street lighting fixtures. This allowed for all lighting to interact with the visitors at their “level” while not blocking the view of any part of the building and its surroundings. We integrated lighting into benches and planter walls around the site. To mark the important vehicular entrances we integrated lighting into vertical slots in the 4m tall pylons that flank the entrances. This created safe and secure lighting for the entrance while also bringing attention to the architectural Pylons.

The lighting intent for the building’s lobby was to highlight the architectural elements of the lobby while maintaining the visual connection between East and West landscapes. To accentuate this visual connection, the lighting solution for the space focused on two elements, the side feature walls and the elevator cores in the center of the lobby. To light the feature walls we worked with the architect to create a continuous slot above the feature walls. Within this custom profile slot, we located on center LED downlights to graze the feature walls. The grazing light highlights the depth and pattern of the textured feature walls. The center of the lobby is penetrated by three large elevator cores. They appear to be monolithic stone columns that puncture the lobby from floor to ceiling. We used lighting to accentuate the monolithic feel for these cores at night. We located lighting within a slot in the floor that wrapped around the perimeter of the core at the ground level. We also located lighting within a slot in the ceiling that wrapped around the perimeter of the core at the 1st floor level. By providing this lighting solution for the lobbies double height space and mezzanine walkway, the lighting accentuated the architectural intent of weightlessness for the pedestrian bridge crossing the lobby at the mezzanine level. 

view from across BKC Road - First International Finance Center (on left)

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center (on left)

looking at southeast corner of facade from across service road

looking at southeast corner of facade from across service road

looking up at southeast corner of building facade

looking up at southeast corner of building facade

looking at vehicular entrance from across service road

looking at vehicular entrance from across service road

main lobby feature wall

main lobby feature wall

main lobby

main lobby

 

ISOLA 2014

I was honored to be invited to speak on the role of lighting in creating a sense of place in landscape. My talk explored this approach through the filter of culture and climate. I also shared how cues from the sun in landscape often guides our approach to developing lighting design solutions. After the talk, I was asked to stay on for a panel discussion on conclusions from the conference.

The organizers did a fabulous job by inviting notable personalities like Vandana Shiva, Ashok Vajpeyi, and Feisal Alkazi to speak at the conference as well. All in all- an inspiring conference where I learned more than I shared.

Written By: Abhay Wadhwa

Abhay Speaking at ISOLA

Interactive Kinetic Sculpture

What looks like a clip from the famed star wars series — where a jedi’s force powers send objects soaring through space — is the interactive kinetic sculpture by seoul-based artist teo park. controlled by hand and activated by the audience, ‘may the force be with you’ changes the direction in gravitational pull of a half-filled tank of water, swaying it hypnotically back and forth with just the flick of a wrist. the movement is determined by a signal sent from kinect, a motion sensing input device. the data received by the motor and link arm translate the indicator to mechanical movements, which in turn command the specific angle and route of the water volume in real time. ‘it is hard to comprehend how powerful our actions can be.’ explains park, referencing his emotions after being discriminated against ‘we need to realize that an action has the power to be delivered and have psychological impacts, as well as physical impacts. this is the message I wanted to deliver to the audience through this project using one of the most familiar force, gravity.’

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Written By: Nina Azzarello

Source: Designboom

Interactive Sculpture In The Sky

Artists janet echelman and aaron koblin –creative director at google’s creative lab — have collaborated to create ‘unnumbered sparks‘, a monumental interactive sculpture in the sky, billowing silently overhead visitors to downtown vancouver, canada. the ethereal net spanning 745 feet between buildings shimmers with a vibrantly colored glow, punctuating the urban landscape as it floats above ground. dynamic digital characteristics embedded within the aerial mesh define an engaging relationship with the viewer. visitors with smartphones and tablets are able to paint vivid beams of light across the sculpture at a massive scale: small movements made on phones become nearly hundred foot long trails on its surface. ‘when you look at the sculpture, you’re looking at a web browser.’ the team explains ‘the lighting on the sculpture is actually a single fullscreen google chrome window over 10 million pixels in size.’ choreographed by the public in real time through their mobile devices, the soaring form becomes a crowd-controlled visual on a massive canvas. ‘unnumbered sparks’, which premiered at the TED conference’s 30th anniversary, can be seen in vancouver until march 22nd, before it travels to other cities around the globe.

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Written By: Nina Azzarello

Source: Designboom

DOUG WHEELER CREATES AN ETHEREAL INSTALLATION

California light artist Doug Wheeler’s current installation at David Zwirner’s 20th Street location in New York is mesmerizing, even before you enter the space. The exhibition is approached through a small hallway that has been transformed into a rectangular portal of light, a trademark Wheeler illusion. Then, after surrendering your shoes—hospital footies are provided to keep the floor pristine—you subsequently surrender your spatial orientation.

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Written By: Janelle Zara

Source: Architectural Digest

Spring Equinox Newsletter from AWA

AWA wishes our friends celebrating their New Year yesterday a very Happy Nowruz!

Studio News
March 21 2014

Singapore Chancery, NYC
Construction continues in full swing on the Singapore Chancery New York City. Expected Completion- 2Q 2014

Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
The Times of India features an article on another AWA Project. The article is titled “Cyber Hub turns itself into leisure hotspot”
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Abhay Wadhwa at ISOLA 2014
On Saturday March 1 2014, Abhay Wadhwa spoke at the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) 9th Annual National Conference 2014. Abhay’s lecture was on the “Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Systems in Creating a Sense of Place”.
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Written By: AWA

Website: AWA Lighting Designers

Dongdaemun Design Park & Plaza by Zaha Hadid in Seoul Opens

Seoul’s ‘dongdaemun design park & plaza‘ (DDP) opens its doors to the public march 21st, 2014, seven years after zaha hadid floated initial plans for the project. the scheme, developed by the seoul metropolitan government, introduces the latest and most innovative design trends, establishing a lively cultural hub of public congregation that promotes fluid thinking across creative disciplines. comprising five zones – an art hall, museum, design lab, design market and dongdaemun history and culture park – the scheme caters to the city’s population, but also reaches out to the global community. hosting a variety of high-profile events and programs including international conferences, festivals, presentations of new products, fashion shows, as well as offering venues for business, shopping and relaxation, 60 unique hotspots are situated throughout the ‘dongdaemun design park & plaza’ which each feature a story of creativity based on the life cycle of the dongdaemun area, which stays awake 24 hours a day, reminding visitors of the site’s rich history.

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Written By: Phillip Stevens

Source: Designboom

Luminous Multimedia Experience for Oakley

Montreal-based studio moment factory has realized an immersive multimedia environment for the reveal of oakley‘s disruptive by design campaign. the interactive experience celebrates the brand’s history, design and innovations, visually transforming these values into a maze of vibrant color, beaming light and glowing projections cast along the walls of studio RED in los angeles. at the centerpiece of the installation, a vast room featuring 270-degree projection screens spotlight the cocktail reception area and later in the evening, a speech by oakley CEO colin baden. other participatory and hypnotic rooms allowed guests to reveal the content of wall and floor projections using infrared pointers, which also triggered real-time audio and video effects. equipped with the ability to directly interact with the engaging and dynamic space, visitors embarked on an exploratory experience in which they discovered the brand in a completely novel way.

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Written By: Nina Azzarello

Source: Designboom

Zaha Hadid’s New National Stadium of Japan Venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

With the announcement of tokyo winning the bid to host the 2020 olympic and paralympic games, comes the confirmation that zaha hadid architects ‘new national stadium of japan’ will act as a major venue for athletic events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

‘Our many congratulations to the tokyo 2020 team, the japan sport council, everyone in tokyo and all across japan. the public’s support has been remarkable and we are very proud to be part of the tokyo 2020 olympic and paralympic games. we have put together an excellent team to deliver a magnificent venue on schedule for the 2019 rugby world cup and tokyo olympic games the following year.’ – zaha hadid

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Written By: Andrea Chin

Source: Designboom

Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

If you thought LED headlights were bright enough, automakers are looking ahead to even more powerful beams using lasers.

BMW has started producing laser headlights as an optional feature for its new plug-in i8 hybrid, which is expected to go on sale in Europe this summer. The lights are more energy-efficient, and some researchers say laser light technology is the next step in lighting after LEDs.

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Written By: ALAN YU

Source: NPR