As a designer, sometimes the only way to know if an idea will translate well into reality is to create a mock-up. So at 9:30pm last Wednesday night a group of architects, engineers and lighting designers (see list of attendees below) visited the 8th floor of 90 Elgin to review a lighting prototype to confirm the final location of the soffit light fixtures, the beam spread, light spill and the overall effect on the highly reflective metal soffit.
Due to its location along the National Capital Ceremonial Route, many aspects of the building design including exterior illumination are subject to the elevated design standards of the NCC. After reaching agreement on a lighting concept befitting this landmark site, the concept had to be tested to ensure its final performance. As this building will be LEED Gold certified, the mock-up was also used to ensure that light trespass from the building will be eliminated in order to improve night sky access.
In the end a few hours proved to be a worthwhile investment for peace of mind. Sometimes you really do have to see it to believe it.
Thanks to: Martin Conboy Lighting Design (MCLD), Flux Lighting Inc., Goodkey Weedmark and Associates, Ron Engineering, Dialog McRobie Architects (DMA)
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