Message - Re: Media Park- project site next to highway MOVEMENT

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Posted by  Jim on July 21, 2003 at 10:20:24:

In Reply to:  Re: Media Park- project site next to highway MOVEMENT posted by Richard Haut on July 17, 2003 at 10:54:31:

Must agree with Mr. Haut on this; unexpected and unnatural movement would cause accidents -- cell phones and other distractions are already creating enough accidents!

Still, if you want a varied look to your 'Park' then it can be obtained by means of lighting. I mean Architectural Lighting in the sense of such as neon tubing (it comes in some 30 colors and different degrees of brilliance) hidden in string courses or such so that automatic timers cross-fade from one color and area to another according to a program. If there are enough subtle lights, and an interseting program that does not repeat for several days, it may be possible to design a building with many different 'looks.' For example, the windows can have deep reveals with tubing around the casing deep in the reveals in dark blue, while the outer frame on the surface of the structure could have tubing in white concealed (and protected) behind glass block. Switching from one to the other would make a very different look, especially if you studied the shadow patterns cast by such at night. One could get some ideas from buildings in Las Vegas, but would have to make it more subtle, of course, since Las Vegas and similar sites are designed for advertising above all.

Of course, the landscape lighting for trees and flower beds, etc., can be quite varied in conjunction with the program operating the building's display lighting. Indeed, if landscape lighting is sufficiently strong and varied, you may have no need to go to the greater expense of lighting the building itself. By cross-fading lights from one side of a tree to the other, for example, you can make the tree appear to 'move' to some extent. Cross fading is the practice in the theatre of turning on lights in front of a semi-transparent screen (called a "scrim") upon which has been painted a view or lettering, and then slowly fading out the lights in front and at the same time, bringing the lighting behind the screen up to full brilliance, thus making the screen seem to disappear and changing the view completely by revealing what waw behind the screen. Similar effects can be done with buildings and plantings if you are creative.

Are you aware of the "Somme et Lumier" (Sound and Light) shows given at certain buildings around the world? I know that it is currently done at the pyramids in Egypt, and has been done in France and Germany and Italy, often in conjunction with musical events. I believe that it was even done at the Alamo in Texas, USA. Such techniques could be adapted to your building. If you are worried that people will not be able to see the lighting effects during sunlight, then design in HID lamps behind glass blocks (colored?) and frame the blocks with a dark material and aim the lamps through the glass blocks; a very high contrast will result. If your client has deep pockets and electricity costs are not prohibitive, your imagination is your only limit to createing a changing look without causing accidents with moving forms (only moving light).

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