When an architect designs a new building, light is a major consideration. Whether the building is a modest home or a multi-million pound structure, attention to windows and lighting systems are vital. And for the latter, LEDs are providing new creative options.
Condé Nast Cafeteria, New York
The Condé Nast Cafeteria at 4 Times Square, New York, has luminous walls and ceilings. The LED bulbs behind these surfaces create an ever-changing and colourful light display.
The café’s design and LED lighting received a New York State Award of Merit in 2007. Customers also say the food is good!
Agbar Tower, Barcelona
Built in 2004 and standing 142 metres high, the Agbar Tower is at Av. Diagonal, 211, Barcelona. In the evenings, people gather around the tower to witness its LED lighting displays.
The displays rely on 4,500 LED lights. The LEDs illuminate the floors of the building in an array of colours controlled by a computer.
Peru National Stadium, Lima
A London architecture and lighting design firm, working with international partners, has produced interactive LED lighting for the Peru National Stadium at Lima.
Microphones pick up the various noises and chants of the crowds. Computer software translates these audio signals into so-called “mood states” for an LED lighting controller. This creates light patterns from the LED bulbs around the stadium.
LEDs respond instantly to changes from computer programmes. The bulbs last for tens of thousand of hours. And because LEDs are inexpensive to run, lighting displays cost a fraction of equivalent incandescent bulbs.
As a result, LEDs are expanding the opportunities for architects to use light. You can expect to see many more LED lighting projects in and around new buildings in years to come.