LAYERED LIGHT: CREATIVE LIGHTING DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

  • YEAR
    2001
  • AUTHORS
    Sandoval, Tomas
    Osterhaus, Werner
  • CATEGORIES
    2001 Conference Papers

Extract

Urban environments require careful consideration of numerous design factors in order to provide
unique character, attractive settings and amenities, as well as safe surroundings. Appropriate lighting
design is one of the factors contributing to successful urban environments. Wellington’s Civic Centre
in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city serves as the setting for a case study exploring creative
lighting design techniques to improve attractiveness, comfort and amenity in an area presently devoid
of night-time social activity. Being unable to recognise people and architectural details or to make
accurate colour judgments, as well as perceived lack of security or safety have been identified as
significant problems in the Civic Centre. The proposed design solution takes a layered approach to
lighting urban spaces and building facades, including their architectural details and three-dimensional
articulation. The additive nature of layered light allows for unique opportunities in highlighting
attractive features and improving visual comfort and safety while at the same time providing greater
control of lighting scenarios and energy consumption. A comparison of photographs of the existing
situation with virtual images rendered in Radiance formed the basis for testing these lighting
techniques in a survey of public perception. Results from that survey indicate that three-quarters of
the respondents judged the proposed lighting solution as solving the problems identified and
significantly improving the commercial, social and recreational appeal of the Civic Centre during night
hours.

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