01. Jun 2013

No. 88 – Creative facade lighting

May/Jun 2013

Fire works: Flame Towers in Baku/Azerbaijan – Design follows form
Text: Joachim Ritter
Every city needs a skyline. Some skylines are more striking than others. The new skyline of the capital of Azerbaijan is now unforgettable. TV newscasters reporting on politics, business, culture, sport or song contests fight for viewers’ attention with a backdrop as dramatic as Baku – especially at night. Flame Towers work as well to promote the country and its capital as real fire did in the past.

To be (realised) or not to be (realised): The lighting concept for the Province of Limburg’s government building in Maastricht/NL
Text: Sonja Kiekens
How important is a building for the history of a place? Not very, if you leave the building and everything it stands for in the dark. The time had come to pinpoint the place where the European Union came into being. It is hard to communicate this to the world if the place turns out to be a building that is left in the dark at night – not exactly fitting as a symbol of a Nobel Prize winner, either. Read on …

The art of integrating art
Text: Alison Ritter
One issue that is sure to continue to cause discussion and controversy in the foresee-able future is: where does design end and art begin? Finding an answer certainly does not get any easier when you take a closer look at the work of Mischa Kuball.

Thought Process: Linear light for the creative arts
Text: Louis Brill, Alison Ritter
The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (Reading, PA) is a community arts and cultural resource center and is the largest, most comprehensive interactive arts center of its kind in the United States. As an arts resource center its facilities are exceptional including 34 working art studios for professional artists, four art galleries, class rooms, a film theater and several dedicated art studios dealing with wood sculpture, glass, digital media, photography, jewelry and dance. Its stated mission is “to nurture the arts, foster creativity and to promote education and enrich the community”.

Subtlety at its best: The Rookery in Chicago receives its first facade lighting scheme
Text: Joachim Ritter
Little real development has been made in the illumination of historical facades in the last few years. The overriding task is to define the architectural details to enable the building to be viewed – and celebrated – after dark. The finer these details, the more difficult it became to light the facade using conventional light sources and luminaires, the latter being too large and ungainly to integrate into the texture of the facade. Size is not an argument when it comes to solid state lighting, how-ever, and precision is also no longer an issue, as the award-winning project The Rookery in Chicago more than adequately demonstrates.

Grass roots: Organic lighting design for a natural coastal landscape
Text: Sonja Kiekens
There are few lighting design jobs that involve more risks than holiday resorts with beach promenades. They appear to be so straightforward, but given that the goal is to communicate both genius loci holiday flair, it soon becomes clear that an off-the-shelf solution will not be the answer. To develop an exceptional design you need an exceptional idea.

Legalising the profession: Licensing, certification or credentialing – what is the answer?
Text: Joachim Ritter
The greatest goal for all lighting designers’ associations is to gain official recognition for the profession. It’s how to get there that has given rise to so much debate. Some people are now beginning to doubt whether official recognition is really the prime target, or whether some kind of upgrading process might not be enough. Official recognition would mean a shift in importance of the lighting designers’ associations and their members, perhaps even a downgrade for them.

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