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090 PROJECT / GRAND MOSQUE, ABU DHABI
“The Interior Lighting Design for all Koran. The illuminated halo effect around fitted the requirements of the design like
front-of-house areas created well lit spaces the curved surface proved complex to a glove. We tested many different light
highlighting architectural features, yet pro- conceal. sources but found that the fixed angle focus
vided substantial functional light without Lighting accentuates marble panels, glass of the Lightbeam illuminated the inner
exposing luminaires. It also created a strong mosaics, carved gypsum panels and calligra- gold curtain in an even manner yet with a
lit image for normal, civic and TV events. phy. Each material is lit with an appropriate certain sparkle and brilliance which suited
A complex layered control system from lighting technique revealing texture and the material. The installation frame and
ETC was required to set various scenes and natural veining of material. The Qibla is a support for the wall was very complex and
monitor lamp life/performance. unique art piece with fibre optic channels the Lightbeam was very well suited to fix
Along with concept designs and workshops, enhancing the design. The fibre optic light- discreetly to the mounting channel of the
mock-ups were required that layered light- ing by Energy Focus (supplied by Crescent marble wall.
ing effects to create a single lit composi- Lighting who this year celebrate their 21st Constraints included the complexity of
tion. Well concealed light sources feature in anniversary) brings the wall to life; materi- architectural and interior design plus instal-
designed coves, niches, ledges and behind als are no longer physical but part of a lation speed. Coordination was solved on
musharabia details. The result is that the symbolic luminous panel. Fibre channels il- site through drawings. Many interior areas
building appears to emit light and glow luminate a gold curtain behind the 99 names are predominately artificially lit, therefore
with a natural luminance. Each of the 34 of Allah, edge glow fibres reveal organic lighting is an integral part of the appear-
constantly lit domes within the arcade have forms of vine-leaves and fronds. ance/image of the building.”
separate calligraphy inscriptions from the The Energy Focus projector and Lightbar Keith Bradshaw
Pic: Keith Bradshaw Pic: Henrik Kristensen Pic: Keith Bradshaw
animation is quicker than when you’re a “The whole point of the lighting isn’t to nologies that we would change,” states
few kilometres away. The scale of the ani- say ‘look how clever we can be with the Bradshaw. “We considered several LED
mation speed changes. lighting’ – it’s meant to be fairly magical. solutions at the time of specification but
“The concept is apparently simple, but as It’s the same with the interior, it’s a magical either performance or cost kept it out of
with most things to achieve a simple effect experience and because the scale is so vast the project. In many ways we have used a
it is very complicated. Matching the anima- it’s quite an affecting experience. It’s been lot of very simple lighting solutions but the
tion across 3d planes which could be viewed quite incredible to be part of it,” Bradshaw composition and balance of effects is very
from all angles was particularly difficult. states. carefully considered to get the best impact.
We were keen to remove as much glare So, seeing as specification for the project I can’t say that I have seen a new technol-
as possible by focusing light at least 10° began four years ago, would they have ogy solution that I feel we missed out on or
upwards, but this is difficult in some of the done anything differently? The use of LEDs would have helped.”
very long throws.” perhaps? www.samassociates.com
Although it is very much an animated proj- “Interestingly, although we specified the
ect, the cloud animation runs very slowly. project in 2005 there are very few tech-
ExteriorProject Details Lighting Specified
• 400 x Martin Exterior 1200 Image ProjectorSheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi Interior
• 500 x Martin Exterior 200Client: Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Agriculture • ETC Unison Light Manager, Congo V5 control systems
• 248 x Martin Inground 200Lighting Design: Speirs and Major Associates and Source 4 Pars (supplied by Oasis Enterprises)
• 56 x Martin Exterior 600(Keith Bradshaw, Jonathan Speirs, Carrie Donahue • Energy Focus 2000 metres of BPAK150 optical cable powered
(supplied by Martin Middle East who provided lighting systemBremner, Francis Millby, Iain Ruxton) by CREAD068 projectors (supplied by Crescent Lighting)
integration, commissioning and installation supervision)Executive architect: Halcrow Group • ERCO Stella, Beamer and Par Scoop
• 21 x ETC Congo Light ServersInterior architect: Spatium • Targetti Poulsen Nimbus in-ground
• 15 x ETC Unison processorsM&E: Hyder Consulting • ACDC cold cathode
• 276 x ETC Net3 DMX/RDM GatewaysMain Contractor: Sixco JV • iGuzzini Linealuce
(supplied by ETC/Oasis Enterprises who provided control systemProject Management: Hill International • Meyer Superlight 150W CDM flood
integration, commissioning and installation supervision)Photography: Allan Toft, Martin Professional (except where stated) • BEGA floodlights for TV broadcasts
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