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PROJECT / GRAND MOSQUE, ABU DHABI 079
and sometimes scrappy temporary solutions. Shiarlis was excited to work on such a Although not immediately visible, the steel
A more practical, cost effective and energy famous landmark: “I wanted to work within frame lattice structure of the walkways
efficient scheme was needed to provide the beautiful architectural features, high- forms a pattern, which then flips about half
the bridge with events offering to match its lighting their geometry and structure and way down. Shiarlis was required to take an
iconic status. not conflicting with them. To enhance the extremely methodical approach to lighting
The brief to Eleni Shiarlis, who runs her own length of the walkways, as they just seem this with her own pattern in order for it
lighting design practice, was to light the to go on and on, the light used also creates to work. Each walkway was split into four
East and West Walkways with an identi- this effect as if the tunnel is lit as far into sections with the south end of each section
cal lighting scheme. The scheme had to the distance as the eye can see.” dedicated as a pre- and post-dinner destina-
incorporate a versatile dynamic RGB colour In order to meet the brief, Shiarlis broke tion and then later in the evening, dancing
changing solution that could be adapted to the scheme down in to two categories: and entertaining. In this area there was a
suit any function / branded space / client event lighting and exhibition lighting. higher concentration of LED luminaires with
event. A general accent lighting solu- “I knew the two had to work simultaneously a slightly altered pattern to the rest of the
tion was also required to light the tourist but also perform independently.” lattice, creating a more intense lighting
information boards, the temporary exhibi- Extensive tests and a couple of mock-ups experience to suit the party mood.
tions and pin spot the tables for the evening were done before the final scheme was The exhibition lighting had to perform three
events. decided upon. tasks that could be controlled independent-
The client didn’t want to see any fittings so The event lighting took a great deal of ly from each other: light the permanent
these had to be hidden. design planning. Due to the Grade I listing tourist information boards; light the tem-
In addition, the lighting was also required which meant no fixtures could be screwed porary exhibitions that move and change in
to not adversely affect river traffic or pol- in to the fabric of the structure, something size; and light both the poseur and dining
lute the London skyline. It is situated within had to be designed to house the module tables for the evening events.
a major tourist attraction with around 1 that could be hidden within the steel lattice Working closely with Commercial Light-
million visitors per year so it also had to be architecture with a recess depth of 60mm ing Systems, a 50W 350° rotational track
robust and hard wearing as well as creating and also be robust enough to work in a busy mounted dimmable spotlight system was
maximum impact. public space. Lead manufacturers for the chosen with a 50W medium beam lamp to
The majority of the scheme had to be event lighting, Tryka LED, came up with a pin spot the tables.
energy efficient and be controlled by a bespoke bracket to conceal their 316 RGB Due to there being so much natural light
lighting control system. Module 3 and 6 units. during the day the lighting wasn’t required
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