Location: Dundee, UK
DEVELOPMENT USES acdc LIGHTING PRODUCT AS ART INSTALLATION.
Totally rebuilt on the site of the former Burns & Harris print-works, beside the prestigious Waterfront Development area of Dundee, the six storey Marketgait office development features over 200 metres of acdc’s stunning ‘Vista’ LED linear lighting product as a solution to rather an unusual architectural challenge.
Subject to strict planning regulations, due to its close proximity to an important and prominent city-centre conservation area, the building had a 1% public art requirement and, to provide an innovative solution to this challenge, architects RMJM designed unique feature lighting that was fully integrated into the exterior façade of the building.
Speaking about the feature, Associate Architect, Francis Walker said: “Rather than simply have a piece of art or a statue in the reception area, we wanted to create something that would make the development stand-out as a city centre landmark. Therefore, we created a lighting concept, which to answer the brief had to be a feature rather than statutory lighting, that would have a strong design element and would be part of the language of the building.”
The Vista product, which featured intense blue LEDs and an IP67 rating, was specified through Scott Kelly at Kelvin Lighting and was chosen for the lifetime in excess of 50,000 hours as well as its consistent lighting effect and its small, neat linear detailing. The client, Alliance Trust, is absolutely delighted with the results which complement the envelope design and 40m long electronic ticker tape which runs along the main façade.
Francis Walker added: “We chose acdc because of the superb product offer and their expertise and service. The Vista product created the desired ‘Wow’ factor at the initial design meetings and the finished result fits our brief perfectly. In addition, the long lifetime will help to reduce ongoing maintenance costs and the robustness of the fitting, which was far superior to many of the alternatives we considered, will ensure the ‘public art’ feature can be enjoyed for years to come.”