The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective application of lighting controls in nonresidential spaces.
This month, we will explore the role that a lighting control scheme plays in producing color-changing effects in an art space in the city of Moscow. Lighting control design by Aleksey Zvyagin, Lighting Designer, MDM-Light. Photography by Pavel Lantsov.
The project of lighting art space The CUBE is unique. Here, it was necessary to take into account not only features of three different functional areas, but create something special. With LED RGB systems, the designers had the opportunity to make different lighting scenarios in separate functional areas and to control them via a PC.
The designer used zoning by functional area to develop the control system plan.
The CUBE is situated in a former three-tier factory structure consisting of a main exhibition area at the bottom, with a conference room inside the cube, and the roof terrace.
The cube walls are mobile panels that can be adjusted up and down, creating various configurations on the first floor. To illuminate this space, the design includes 150 open fluorescent lamps arranged in several rows at the ceiling and at walls consisting of perforated metal panels. Thanks to the careful disposition of lamps, the perception of the space can be completely changed.
When the lights are turned OFF, the walls and ceiling seem to be tightly sewn metal.
The light of the lamps is refracted by cells of the panels, creating bizarre light patterns and transforming the room.
By connecting different ranks of lamps in various zones, the pattern of light can be changed.
The outdoor terrace on the roof of the “cube” is fantastically transformed by spectacular decorative LED linear luminaires.
The lenses are angled to produce an unbroken wall wash effect across 14 meters of wall.
The RGB system provides high color saturation.