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STADIUM FAÇADES / BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA


‘pie slices’. Each fixture has complete RGB LED control allowing for infinite programming flexibility. To further accent the steel structure that holds up the roof, C. M. Kling proposed a point of light at the top of each vertical hanger cable, 468 in total. Each fixture would have its own DMX address and be capable of turning on/off, strobe, dimming, etc. The final fixture selection was 5000K LED custom fabricated by EN Group Lighting. This controllable starfield is used to set off the building against the night sky, and through programming is used to signal to the outside when the home team has scored, like fireworks. All façade and roof lighting is controlled by a Pharos controller. This allows for a wide range of both static and dynamic programming. C. M. Kling was also engaged to develop content for the new roof and façade. With the programming team at EOS Lightmedia, a Vancouver based system integration company, C. M. Kling created shows for both home sports teams and signature looks for the building itself. The design strategy from the very beginning was that the special effects of the new lighting system should be reserved for events as their impact would be dulled if they were used on a nightly basis. It was also of great importance to showcase this stadium as a steward for the community and a good neighbour. Lights are programmed to go off at 11pm unless there is an event still ongoing. On nights when there is no event, only the cable lights


and low wattage uplights on the masts are illuminated. Utilising the full RGB colour spectrum the show designs are categorised into static non-moving images, moving abstracted content and dynamic fast paced shows. Fixed looks use the colours of each team including ‘clear’ non-illuminated cubes. These serve as the black colour in each team’s colours, but also like a scrim allow the outside observer to see into the stadium and engage with the event, an important part of the architectural design. The next series of shows are gradual moving abstracted content on the façade with fixed roof colours. These shows are played before and during the games. They are paced to not distract the audience or players. Additionally, a series of dynamic fast paced shows were created. These incorporate content designs to be triggered when a team scores, again creating an interaction with the outside. The lighting design is also interactive with the audience participation in dynamic shows like ‘the wave’. “Feedback has been extremely positive. It’s a unique structure that has brought the area to life after such a long period of construction,” says Ghatan “It is very elegant and creates what could be described as an ethereal light.” Through creative, original use of LED lighting, BC Place is able to change the look and feel of the stadium to promote the events that once again shines as an icon in the Vancouver skyline. www.cmkling.com


The translucent quality of the EFTE façade allows lighting effects to be enjoyed from both in and outside the stadium. Lumenpulse RGB LED graze fixtures four feet long with 30 x 60 optics were positioned 10cm from the back of the ETFE to light each panel. Photographs: Ed White


PROJECT DETAILS


BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Client: Pavco


Lighting Design: C. M. Kling & Associates, Inc Architect: Stantec Architecture


Roof Structural Engineering: Geiger Engineers Building Engineering: Genivar


LIGHTING SPECIFIED


Facade: Lumenpulse Lumenfacade 30x60 Roof: Lumenpulse Lumenbeam (Medium and Large) Cable lights: EN Group node


Mast uplights: Lumenpulse Lumenbeam medium 3000K 6 degree


Control: Pharos LPC-60 with Pharos Designer software


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