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Taking Daylight to the Next Level: How Daylighting Analysis is Changing Design

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Ashjar at Al Barari residential project

Until recently, renderings were the architect’s primary tool for understanding daylight in their designs—renderings, and a healthy dose of intuition. But a new generation of daylighting analysis tools, which is emerging alongside a new generation of daylighting metrics, are enabling architects to look at daylight in new ways—with important implications for design.

Business as usual, when it comes to daylight, is to use rules of thumb to design, then use renderings to check the design and communicate the intent. Rendering has fast become an art form: the creation of exquisite, evocative, often atmospheric imagery that communicates the mood, the experience, the visceral feel of the design. This is no accident: daylighting is a magic ingredient in architecture, bringing dynamism to static structure, imbuing buildings with a sense of time, and renderings are a powerful way to capture and communicate these ideas—a necessary complement to the hard line plans and sections that comprise much of the architect’s lexicon. Renderings have expanded our ability to communicate designs. They have also expanded our ability to conceptualize designs—and especially to conceptualize the daylight in our designs.

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Article Written by : Carl S. Sterner

Image courtesy of : 10 DESIGN

Source : Archdaily

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.
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Recent Publications
– AWA is featured in Bright 2 ‘Architectural Illumination and Light Installations’.
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– AWA Project Cyber Hub is featured in Mondo Arc India Magazine.
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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.
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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
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“Framing The Skyline” Bushwick Inlet Park in LD+A Magazine

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Sustainability was the top priority when designing the new Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, Aesthetics, however, were not sacrificed for the cause.  We working with Kiss + Cathcart Architects to use wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of light, and pronounced geometric highlighting to illuminate the contemporary 6.2-acre park, community center and large wooden canopy. Integrated LED’s, steplights and concrete-encased downlights define the site, creating a nighttime display that can be seen all the way from Manhattan.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

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FXFOWLE looks forward to new contemporary developments in KSA

Museum of the Built Environment by FXFOWLE

Museum of the Built Environment by FXFOWLE

 

Having designed 10 buildings in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), architectural firm FXFOWLE Architects is certainly setting the stage for upcoming developments on the 1.6 million square meter site, situated in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ranging from mosques and museums to residential and office buildings, the New York-based firm was handpicked by Saudi Arabian real estate developer, Rayadah Investment Company, to deliver contemporary design solutions across its various projects. However, designing for a diverse Islamic country meant that the architectural team needed to educate themselves to understand the cultural and religious nuances that define the culture of Riyadh.

Amongst the first things Sudhir Jambhekar did when he found out they were designing a mosque in KAFD, was to send two architects to gather information from the imam at New York City’s largest mosque.“We had to undertake an intense research process in order to be able to philosophically understand meanings and the importance of certain rituals. From there we could attempt to present a modern re-interpretation in our designs,” explains Jambhekar, senior partner at FXFOWLE.

For example, when designing the residential and commercial towers on plot 5.05, one of the seven plots that FXFOWLE designed for, the architects were especially sensitive to the cross views that could arise from having the towers located at close proximity to each other. According to Jambhekar, the placement of the plot was such that the office building would look into the residential building. After a series of design innovations, the designers decided to have the building’s façade fitted with a thin layer of marble laminated on a panel of vision glass so as to direct views away from the residential building. As a result, on-lookers in the commercial building will be able to see a translucent wall on one end instead of peering into the residential units.

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Image courtesy of: FXFOWLE

Written By: Zeinab Saiwalla

Source: DesignMENA

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

 

AWA Project Update – Bushwick Inlet Park

PROJECT TEAM:
Client: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect: Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Robert Silman Associates, Langan Engineering
Photographer: Paul Warchol

PROJECT BRIEF:

Given the urban nature of this project, it was critical to understand its context, and assimilate the local dynamics of usage patterns, circulation and night-time activities. In working with the architects, we decided to pursue an unconventional approach to this project, since the genre of such projects is usually driven by light levels first and then everything else. We decided to make light levels our last check, and work on composing the elements of this project into a wholesome, evocative and exciting night-time space that engenders and enables the community to link with each other. The results have been gratifying. The lighting solution to this environment- combining wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of lights, and highlighting the architectural massing with strong geometric lighting moves has elicited a very positive response from the community.

 Building Entrance on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Building Entrance on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background
View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background

 Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail
Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a distinct and staggered rhythm visible from Manhattan
Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a distinct and staggered rhythm visible from Manhattan

Fins on South Facade- Lit with LED downlights cast in concrete
Fins on South Facade- Lit with LED downlights cast in concrete

AWA Project Update: First International Finance Center, Mumbai

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,
We are excited to share with you our recently completed project- FIFC (First International Finance Center). Located in Mumbai, India, FIFC is a 14 floor office tower located in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. The 657,000 SFT office tower began construction in 2009.

AWA Lighting Designers was hired to provide the lighting design for all public spaces, landscape, and exterior facades.

As always, we value your feedback. Best wishes from the team at AWA.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal | CEO

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

West Facade from across BKC Road **

West Facade from across BKC Road **

West Facade Rendered Perspective *

West Facade Rendered Perspective *

Rendered Site Plan *

Rendered Site Plan *

AWA's 3D Modeling for Early Iteration of "Tube" Lighting Detail *

AWA’s 3D Modeling for Early Iteration of “Tube” Lighting Detail *

Looking Up at the West Facade **

Looking Up at the West Facade **

Building Under Construction in 2012 **

Building Under Construction in 2012 **

Main Lobby Prior to Opening Party **

Main Lobby Prior to Opening Party **

* FIFC renderings and details by KPF & AWA Lighting Designers
** FIFC photography by Marco Baldassari

LED Lighting Creeps Toward Tipping Point

Overhauls across both Las Vegas and Los Angeles offer a vivid illustration of what’s possible – especially when you consider that street lights can account for up to 40 percent of a given city’s electricity bill.

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For perspective, in 2008, the city paid $16 million for the electricity to keep its street lights lit. It is saving almost half that amount, $7.5 million, through the retrofit.

Despite savings of this sort, LED lighting will only account for about 5 percent of all the technologies used in retrofit projects this year, estimates Navigant Research. By 2017, however, its share will probably hit 40 percent; it will pass the halfway mark by 2021. One big factor is lower LED pricing, which is helping compress the payback periods.

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Written by: Heather Clancy

Source: Forbes

Bushwick Inlet Park Opens

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on its newest and greenest facility, an innovative 15,500 square foot multi-use building serving North Brooklyn’s waterfront. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, this wedge-shaped structure seamlessly draws the adjacent park up onto its roof to create a new public landscape looking out to the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

Bushwick Inlet Park is the first phase in transforming Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s industrial riverfront into a continuous strip of green space and public amenities. From 2008 to 2011 an empty parking lot between N. 9th and N. 10th Streets from Kent Avenue to the river was converted into a native riverfront landscape and multipurpose athletic field. The new building, as the final component, adds venues for both community programs and park operations.

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Written by: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

LED Lighting Technology Becoming Standard for LEED Footprints

No matter who spins it, sustainable LEED construction has captured the attention of many people, impacting the design of everything from HVAC systems to building envelopes, from renewable energy use to LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has significantly impacted thinking about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.

This construction is extremely beneficial to the environment and our society as a whole. It will help improve the lives of those who live around it for years and years after construction is finished.

LEED, as a green building tool, provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project.

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Written by: Glenn Meyers

Source: Green Building Elements