This new headquarters is an uber-flexible executive space with chameleon-like design features that needed an equally ambitious lighting scheme.
In collaboration with fit-out specialists Modus and interior designer DaeWha Kang, we created an architectural lighting solution that plays a key role in affecting the metamorphosis of the space – changing the mood, ambience and dynamic at the touch of a button.
An eye-catching feature is a monolithic door in the reception that’s framed with light. The sliding portal opens to a “hall of mirrors” where there’s a series of bespoke oculus “moon” luminaires. The motion sensitive luminaires sit within a sculptured Corian ceiling and come to life when people walk under them; they change colour and project pools of light that replicate shafts of daylight. And the magic doesn’t end there: the mirrored walls disappear to reveal more moons and a “sun” within a large open-plan events space.
The clever interplay between low- and high-level lighting creates a dynamic environment throughout the office. Linear uplights behind banquette seating, which illuminate walls and window reveals, and tiny, floor-recessed uplights create a domestic feel that balances perfectly with the “daylight” coming from the oculus luminaires.
All lighting functions are run by a custom-designed lighting controls system that ensures a smooth and quick transition between lighting scenes (and there’s a lot to choose from). Overall the lighting plays a crucial role in the emotional state of visitors, providing a type of ethereal companion in this thoughtfully designed project.
Images: © James French
— Martina Alagna