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Historic buildings


Old and still stunning


Historic buildings are often very beautiful, and with the right lighting can be reborn to look truly stunning.


The Shirvanshahs Palace Complex, built in the fifteenth century, was recently given a ‘lighting makeover’ by iguzzini. Since the complex is subject to strict conservation rules, the electrical system and installation of the luminaires were absolutely not allowed to affect the surfaces. For example, recessed Linealuce luminaires were only used in recently constructed parts of the floor, which were not covered by the protection rules. Also, given the rich decorations of the gates, the guiding idea for the entire project was to make the most of the various entrances and gateways without the luminaires being too apparent. This resulted in the choice of floodlights located on the roofs of the various buildings in the complex. This method of installation was applied in most cases, except for the palace porticoes, where Radius floodlights stand on the ground at the back of the columns, the cables passing through the gaps in the ancient stone blocks: a solution which left the precious materials untouched.


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The residence in the complex features a magnificent gate, lit by Radius floodlights, with niches having deep shadows and upper windows decorated with “shebeke”. All of the walls are uniformly lit with LED Light Up luminaires. The more internal arcade is lit using Radius floodlights resting on the ground. The domes and minaret are lit with the crossed beams of iPro 150 W and Woody 70 W luminaires, both having a spot optic. The lower part of the complex, below the palace level, was once home to the Turkish bath, which has since been destroyed. This area was also subject to the ban on wiring luminaires, meaning that it was lit by the beams of Platea floodlights. The effect is general light, without too much shadow. Another area worked on where the constraints were very strict was the passageway used to display archaeological finds from various areas in the country. In this case, the existing lighting points were substituted with new iWay minaires. The overall effect created by the lighting at The


Shirvanshahs Palace Complex was truly breath taking. Closer to home, Robe moving lights and Anolis LED fixtures were recently specified by lighting designer Simon Marcus from Enlightened to illuminate Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and other key architectural features around the city centre of the UK World Heritage spa town, for the opening night of the 2011 Bath International Music Festival - "Party In The City". Marcus commented “It’s rare to have the opportunity to illuminate such beautiful architecture with no other purpose than to produce a sense of wonder. Accentuating the symmetry, understanding and working to enhance the structure, whilst aiming for the WOW factor was the most challenging and fun part.” Around the base, washing up the walls on


the north and east elevations, were Robe moving lights - a combination of ColorSpot 1200, 700 and 575E ATs. These were chosen to bring a touch of party atmosphere to the occasion, and used in a


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