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Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at PLDC 2015 on “Lighting’s Impact on the Varying Scales of the Built Environment”

Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at PLDC 2015

Location: Rome Italy at PLDC 2015
When:     30 October 2015

AWA Lighting Designers’ Design Principal, Abhay Wadhwa, will speak at this month’s Professional Lighting Designers Conference (PLDC) in Rome. The topic of his presentation is the “Lighting’s Impact on the Varying Scales of the Built Environment.” This is a Lighting Application case study of the Brigade Gateway Complex, an AWA project in Bangalore India.

The Brigade Gateway Complex is a 44 acre mixed use township with diverse programmatic requirements which was constructed over a period of six years. When AWA was retained at the beginning of the process to provide lighting design services, AWA had to develop a set of operating “stitch” rules, so that the “embroidery” created was a cohesive and connected design. The rules of the “scale of the stitch” were to extend from the wavelength of the light used, to the lighting detail for a congregation space, to the 128m tall facade of the WTC.

Due to the vast scale of the Brigade Gateway Complex, AWA approached the project with the intent of developing a standardized set of design tools. Using a parametric design approach, AWA created a lighting master plan that unifies all of the intricate elements in this fabric.

This presentation will highlight the design solutions and challenges that AWA addressed in getting this project built over six years, coordinating between five different architecture and design films located in three countries.

Links:

AWA Lighting Designers
PLDC 2015
VIA Publishing
Abhay Wadhwa Twitterview

View from top of WTC

View from top of WTC

AWA Projects Featured in “Bright 2” published by the Frame Group, Netherlands

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share that AWA was featured in Bright 2, a recent publication on architectural illumination and light installations. This publication by the Frame Group, Netherlands, showcases the work of forty-four design studios around the world. AWA is one out of four design studios from the United States to be featured in this book. Earlier in 2007, AWA had also been featured in Bright 1

For a PDF copy of the section on AWA Lighting Designers in Bright 2, please click HERE.

If you would like to read more about Bright 2 and Frame, please click HERE.

The editors at Frame chose to feature AWA’s Brigade Gateway Complex, for its intent to create a paradigm shift in the lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments. This book also highlights three additional AWA Projects: Cyber Hub, Singapore Chancery, and FIFC.

Best wishes from the team at AWA Lighting Designers.

Bright 2 Cover

Bright 2 Cover

Brigade Gateway Complex Cover Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Cover Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Second Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Second Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Third Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Third Spread from Bright 2

Spread of Additional AWA Projects Featured in Bright 2

Spread of Additional AWA Projects Featured in Bright 2

 

AWA Featured in Bright 2

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share that AWA was featured in Bright 2, a recent publication on architectural illumination and light installations. This publication by the Frame Group, Netherlands, showcases the work of forty-four design studios around the world. AWA is one out of four design studios from the United States to be featured in this book. Earlier in 2007, AWA had also been featured in Bright (1).

The editors at Frame chose to feature AWA’s Brigade Gateway Complex, for its intent to create a paradigm shift in the lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments. This book also highlights three additional AWA Projects: Cyber Hub, Singapore Chancery, and FIFC.

If you would like to read more about Bright 2 and Frame, please click HERE.

If you would like to discuss our lighting philosophy and approach, please feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached at abhay@awalightingdesigners.com, or by calling me directly on my cell phone at +1.917.597.1600.

Best wishes from the team at AWA.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers

 

Cover of Bright 2 and opening page from AWA section of book

Cover of Bright 2 and opening page from AWA section of book

Brigade Gateway Complex

“AWA Lighting Designers sought to create a paradigm shift for lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments when designing the Brigade Gateway Complex, an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project’s broad scope enabled the team to create diverse solutions and compelling compositions with landscape and facade elements.”

The Brigade Gateway is an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project is situated on a 40 acre site and comprises of the following areas:
• World Trade Center: 29 floors, 2 basements, Ground floor
• Orion Mall: 1.1 million sqft
• Artificial lake
• Residential Podium: 13 Towers – 625,000 sqft
• Club House
• Brigade School: Nursery to Std 8
• Multi-Level Car Park: 2000 cars
• Children’s Park
• Columbia Asia Hospital
• Sheraton Hotel*
The World Trade Center is the first fully privately owned installation of a WTC in India and is the tallest commercial building in the city of Bangalore. The city of Bangalore produces a large percentage of the software exports from India as well as other public sector heavy industries and is proud to see its growth manifested in this new building and complex.

*Sheraton Hotel: AWA scope was landscape lighting only

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: Brigade Group  

Architect: HOK, VA, DSP, Michael Foley Design

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Areal view of WTC and Brigade Gateway Complex

Areal view of WTC and Brigade Gateway Complex

View of WTC and Orion Mall from across the lake at Residential Tower

View of WTC and Orion Mall from across the lake at Residential Tower

WTC is Bangalore's tallest building

WTC is Bangalore’s tallest building

For more images and information about the Brigade Gateway Complex, please visit our website HERE.

AWA Anecdotes l Project Series l 002 l The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life at Brigade Gateway

At AWA, we firmly believe in thought collaboration with our clients in creating a superior project. When the client(owner/ architect) trusts your professional opinion and honesty, magic can happen. We also take this responsibility very seriously, in being there for our clients and not doing our best to meet and exceed expectations.

We had a very successful collaboration with our clients at Brigade (Mr. Jaishankar, Manjunath Prasad and Team) and the landscape architects, Terra Firma (Rohit Marol) on this project. During the early stages of the Brigade Gateway Complex construction in 2010, we were walking the 40 acre site with the client and design team. While on the residential podium, and looking towards the mall, the buildings and landscape created an axial relationship with the focal point being a 30 meter tall wall which was 80m long. It was a great visual bookend of sorts, not just from the residential podium but also from the lakeside. This was a perspective not looked at during the project development.

It was clearly an important wall from a lighting standpoint. If handled properly, this 2500 SQM wall could provide a tremendous opportunity for public art, and become a catalyst for the community during day as well as night. We suggested activating the façade with a relief element that will have a presence during the day, and a visual draw at night. We could then use lighting to bring the artwork alive at night, so the entire façade would be active throughout the day. We wondered if the tree of life- poetically translated into a contemporary motif could work. “With branches that reach into the sky, roots that delve into the earth and a trunk and leaves that offer sheltering embrace, the Tree of Life is a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life on our planet.”¹

The idea was discussed and we were requested to provide a sketch of how it could work. This was then developed by the client and Michael Foley, a gifted product designer who also worked on other parts of this project, and after substantial hard work and funds, this masterpiece was unveiled at the time of the opening- a valuable addition to this project and society at large. We need to sincerely thank the client, Brigade Group, for backing this project, for their vision, and for really being a patron of the arts. Clearly, without their support this Relief/ Mural wall would not have been built, and this is especially relevant since this was undertaken by them without any direct financial returns.

Would it not be wonderful if many more developers kept aside a percentage for public art on their projects? This, in relation to building envy, will be a topic for a subsequent blog.

Written By: Abhay Wadhwa

Reference 1: AWA- Brigade Nesletter- The Mural Article-Nov 2011

Interactive water feature that is very popular with the children - Tree of Life in the background

Interactive Water Feature that is Very Popular with the Children – Tree of Life in the Background

View of Orion Mall Facade from Residential Podium - Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade from Residential Podium – Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade from Top of a Residential Tower - Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade from Top of a Residential Tower – Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade with Color Changing Lights from Across the Lake - Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade with Color Changing Lights from Across the Lake – Tree of Life (Far Left)

Tree of Life Installation at Medicity Mendanta in Gurgaon India (AWA Project)

Tree of Life Installation at Medicity Mendanta in Gurgaon India (AWA Project)

Brigade Gateway Project in Bangalore Reaches Completion


View of Brigade Gateway Complex from the Residential Podium

The Brigade Gateway is an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project is situated on a 40 acre site and comprises of the following areas:
• World Trade Center: 2 basements, Ground Floor, 29 Floors
• Sheraton Hotel*
• Residential Podium: 13 Towers
• Brigade School: Nursery to Std 7th
• Club House
• Multi-Level Car Park: 2000 cars
• Columbia Asia Hospital: Cardiac services, orthopedics, and neuroscience
• Orion Mall: 1.1 million sqft
• Artificial lake
• Children’s Park

The World Trade Center is the first fully privately owned installation of a WTC in India and is the tallest commercial building in the city of Bangalore. The city of Bangalore produces a large percentage of the software exports from India as well as other public sector heavy industries and is proud to see its growth manifested in this new building and complex.

*Sheraton Hotel: AWA scope was landscape lighting only

Project Team:
• Principal Architect: HOK
• Local Architects: Venkataramanan Associates, Zachariah Consultants
• Landscape Architects: Terra Firma


View of Brigade Gateway Complex from Orion Mall


Concept Rendering of Site Plan


Concept Diagrams: Circulation and Focal Points

Concept:
AWA approached the Brigade Gateway project in a manner that sought to create a paradigm shift in the lit environment. The lighting design used architectural focal points and a consistent visual fabric at night to create a distinct visual hierarchy. We aspired to create compositions that would guide the design process, from conception to completion of the project, rather than using foot candles or lux levels to dictate the design. The landscape lighting was designed to create a warm and open environment as a direct counterpoint to the perceptions that might be engendered from the programmatic requirements of the site.


View from Top of the World Trade Center


Seating Colonnade

Construction:
AWA designed sustainable fixtures that exist harmoniously with their surroundings. Examples of this include the streetlight design (below) which drew influence from the architecture, and a locally manufactured custom bollard (below) which was created using local materials (granite). The use of the bollards to light the walkways provides illumination without the use of any overhead lighting. The combination of the bollards and the tree uplighting creates an evocative visual experience.


AWA Custom Fixture: Streetlight


AWA Custom Fixture: Bollard


View of Lakefront from Residential Podium

Completion:
The lighting for the complex creates a layered hierarchy to the site, establishing a sense of place and enabling intuitive navigation for pedestrians moving through. The dramatic water feature serves as the central anchor to the site with the other buildings and spaces revolving around it. The creative lighting solutions developed by AWA keep each space fresh and unique, and enliven the public spaces in the evening.

About the Developer: Brigade Group
Some of the recent awards and accolades for the Brigade Gateway Project and the Brigade Group are:
“Integrated Township of the Year in 2012” by Realty Plus
“Best Theme Based Township in India for 2012” by CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developer’s Associations of India)
“Best Office Space in India for 2012” by CREDAI
“Best Commercial Project in India for 2010” from Property World
“India’s Top Ten Builders for Five Consecutive Years 2007-2011” by Construction World
Brigade Group is one of India’s leading property developers and has created real estate developments throughout South India. Brigade Group, headquartered in Bangalore with presence in all domains of real estate – Residential, Offices, Retail, Hospitality and even Education. Since its inception in 1986, Brigade Group has developed many landmark buildings in Bangalore and Mysore and has also expanded its operations to Chennai, Kochi, Hyderbad, Mangalore and Chikmagalur.

Orion Mall Opens at Brigade Gateway

The Orion Mall is part of the 40-acre mixed-use Brigade Gateway site located at Rajajinagar-Malleswaram in North Bangalore, India. The mall totals 1.1 million square feet, is the first lifestyle mall in Bangalore, and was designed by HOK, New York.

View of the Mall Atrium


Orion Mall Facade- Lakeside

CONCEPT:
AWA designed the lighting for the Brigade Gateway complex by establishing focal points and a distinct visual hierarchy across the site, rather than using foot candles and lux levels to dictate the design. Compositions were created that would guide the team through the design process from conception to completion.

Orion Mall’s exterior features electronic and illuminated displays, which cover 5-story facades, as well as a glowing wall displaying a sculpture of “The Tree of Life.” Skyway and walkway connections which link the Sheraton hotel, office facility, and residences at Brigade Gateway glow generously to reflect the intense flow of traffic within. The approach from outside the complex is enhanced by tall, illuminated sculptural elements and glowing beacons which add to the exterior’s unique identity. AWA implemented sculptural elements, (such as an illuminated “moon”), canopies and reversed arches, that work together to create the fun and beautiful lighting identity and to complete the Orion experience for the pedestrian.

The entry and exit points were conceived as visual vortices, clearly organizing the overall space. Seen in the plan rendering, the vortices appear to be long glowing spaces that give a hierarchy to the mall.

Orion Mall’s interior is unified by the pixelation of both the ceiling and the floor. The triangular forms on the ceiling create a stitch of light for the circulation pathways around the atrium. The pixelation is further emphasized by the projection of an array of stars on the 10m wide Grand Staircase.

The atrium floor is activated by theatrical accent lights from 5 floors above. As many atrium ceilings on retail projects are often forgotten or neglected while designing the lighting for retail spaces, we were inspired by our previous projects such as Peak Tower in Hong Kong and sought to provide illumination to both the ceiling as well as the floor. A color-changing uplight illuminates the atrium ceiling from the column tops while a cool glowing cove light runs along the edge of the space.

Energy conservation and maintenance were taken into account in the design of all of the mall’s fixtures and lighting strategies by using energy efficient light sources. The total connected load is 10% below the 2010 ASHRAE Requirements.

Orion Mall Facade- Rajkumar Road


Concept Renderings


Orion Mall Construction Photo- June 2011

The project’s completion comes at a very interesting time for India. The decision to allow for 51% Foreign Direct Investment within the country now allows International Businesses to provide majority funding. This is likely to lead to a heightened construction activity in the retail field.


Orion Mall Interior


Blu-O Bowling Alley Entrance on the Fourth Floor


Opening Night of the Orion Mall in April 2012

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER: BRIGADE GROUP
Some of the recent awards and accolades for the Brigade Gateway Project and the Brigade Group are:
• “Integrated Township of the Year in 2012” by Realty Plus
• “Best Theme Based Township in India for 2012” by CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developer’s Associations of India)
• “Best Office Space in India for 2012” by CREDAI
• “Best Commercial Project in India for 2010” from Property World
• “India’s Top Ten Builders for Five Consecutive Years 2007-2011” by Construction World

The Brigade Group is one of India’s leading property developers and has created real estate developments throughout South India. The Brigade Group, headquartered in Bangalore with presence in all domains of real estate – Residential, Offices, Retail, Hospitality and even Education. Since its inception in 1986, Brigade has developed many landmark buildings in Bangalore and Mysore and has also expanded its operations to Chennai, Kochi, Hyderbad, Mangalore and Chikmagalur.