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Biophilia Essays: Brigade Gateway

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Brigade Gateway Complex

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In this integrated lifestyle enclave, one might expect a super-stimulatory artificial environment of advertisements and commercial infrastructure. Instead, the space is centered on water and trees, and it incorporates related imagery throughout. For the façade of the Orion Mall, situated on the site, the client’s initial desire for a “feel of ‘Times Square’” was satisfied without the need for a full-wall back-lit billboard. Opting instead for a custom wall art piece entitled the “Tree of Life” using color-controlled lights and a luminous “moon” element synchronized with the lunar cycle, AWA balanced spectacle with the natural surroundings. Though the moon itself is essentially inorganic, its regular cycle of 29½ days so influences the rhythms of terrestrial life forms and life systems that it becomes an object of biophilia, too. Extending the theme of pseudo-natural light, a reflective golden sun element directly mirrors the moon on the façade, and the entire façade lighting scheme for the project recalls its inspiration: the glow of the setting sun striking the buildings. The shadows created by the five-storey embossing of the tree of life, the wall’s ornamental centerpiece, mimic the filtering of light through foliage.Brigade Gateway_2

Indeed the idea of the tree canopy is present elsewhere in the design of the space, as well. One of the key focal points of the outdoor space is the 200 year-old rain tree, seen to best advantage when “moon lit” by powerful lamps on the roof of the World Trade Center, the complex’s tallest building. This powerful yet broadly diffused light imitates the light of the moon, ensures the safety of users of the outdoor space at all times of night, and eliminates the need for “harsh ‘area’ lighting.” The dappling of light through foliage was kept in mind when lighting the extensive tree plantings and pathways surrounding the body of water at the theater’s center.
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Biophilic Design

“Biophilic design” can refer to several trends in modern “green” design, but in most uses it indicates a design principle that goes beyond merely minimizing the impact of the built environment to create actual close contact between users and the “natural” world. By inviting nature into the design, whether through biomimicry, green curtain walls, extensive natural lighting (or simulations thereof), multi-species accessibility, or the like, a design reengages occupants with the environmental elements that may be inherently intertwined with our phylogenetic predispositions.

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 Lighting Designers Update – April 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling 'The Ark of Return'.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling ‘The Ark of Return’.

AWA Project ‘Ark of Return’ Unveiled at the UN Headquarters

On Wednesday March 25 2015, on the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled.

The ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial will be on permanent display at the visitors plaza of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade.

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called 'The Trinity Figure'

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called ‘The Trinity Figure’

AWA Project Singapore Chancery Inaugurated

The Singapore Chancery is located in the east side of midtown Manhattan, two blocks away from the UN Headquarters in NYC. This seven-storey building houses the diplomatic offices of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations.

The scope of our work included all areas of the building, while conforming to pertinent energy regulations and local NYC building codes. The lighting design for the facade was based on our analysis of the architectural intent- highlight dynamism while displaying clear solidity. We grazed the glass of the facade with a linear uplight, while the space behind was uplit with a cove, consistently on each floor.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: Republic of Singapore  

Architect: HOK NY

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

Other News:

Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn
Bushwick Inlet Park has been certified LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
To see the USGBC score card, please Click Here

Recent Publications
– AWA is featured in Bright 2 ‘Architectural Illumination and Light Installations’.
To read more about the book, please Click Here

– AWA Project Cyber Hub is featured in Mondo Arc India Magazine.
To read the article, please Click Here

Abhay Wadhwa to speak at PLDC 2015
Abhay Wadhwa will speak at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designer Convention (PLDC) in Rome. He also spoke at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen. Stay tuned for more information about his talk.
To see the PLDC website, please Click Here

Did You Know?
– AWA is able to provide lighting design drawings and details on REVIT, as well as AutoCAD.

– AWA can design and detail custom light fixtures. Please Click Here to see some examples.

– AWA is an AIA Approved CES Provider. Currently, AWA offers 5 courses:

1. What Will 2020 Bring?
2. Light and Health
3. Impact of Culture & Climate
4. LED’s for Infrastructure
5. Light Masterplanning
For more information on these courses, please Click Here.

AWA Project Photography from Around the World

Below are a few photographs of some current AWA projects that have been recently completed or currently under construction. Please check other blog articles, our main website for more project images and information. And stay tuned for more images….

looking down onto Orion Mall Lake and the World Trade Center

looking down onto Orion Mall Lake and the World Trade Center (photo by Amit Nag)

looking up at the World Trade Center Bangalore

looking up at the World Trade Center Bangalore (photo by Amit Nag)

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

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center [left] TCG Financial Centre [right] (photo by AWA)

DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon- View from Neighboring Building

DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon- View from Neighboring Building (photo by DLF)

Atrium Lobby at the Sheraton Park, Chennai

Atrium Lobby at the Sheraton Park, Chennai (photo by Adyar Gate Hotel Ltd.)

Chairman's Board Room at the Sheraton Park, Chennai

Chairman’s Board Room at the Sheraton Park, Chennai (photo by Adyar Gate Hotel Ltd.)

construction underway at the Singapore Chancery in New York City

construction near complete at the Singapore Chancery in New York City (photo by AWA)

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)

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”
To read the full article
please Click Here

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”.
To see the ISOLA website, please Click Here

Click HERE to read the full Newsletter with Images

Written By: AWA

Website: AWA Lighting Designers

AWA Project Update: Construction Continues on Singapore Chancery Project

Construction is almost complete at 320 East 48th Street, which will soon be home to Singapore’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations – in this case, the building has been designated as a ‘chancery’. Designed by HOK, the structure is rather small – nevertheless, the glassy facade is a pleasant break from the run-down surroundings, which predominate in the vicinity. Its neighbors are nearly decrepit, and the stark contrast between old and new serves as a reminder that the age of a building should have nothing to do with its landmark status.

The design director of HOK’s New York office, Kenneth Drucker, sat down recently to discuss some of the firm’s projects, and described how the “five twisted glass blades in the main facade of the building represent the five attributes of the Singaporean government.”

Click here to read the original article

Written by: Nikolai Fedak

Source: New York Yimby