14 Nov 2017 / IALD /

Harbin opera house - winner of the 34 International Lighting Design Awards

This year’s winners of the 34 th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards represent some of the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of architectural lighting design. The highest point score winner across all categories, in addition to receiving an Award of Excellence for their project, receives the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. Beijing United Artists Lighting Design received this honor for the first time; the award was accepted in person by Dongning Wang for the Harbin Opera House – Interior Light ing Design in Harbin, China.

HARBIN OPERA HOUSE INTERIOR LIGHTING DESIGN

Harbin, China, known as “the ice city,” now houses an expansive, impressive opera house. Responding to the surrounding frozen landscape, the design team worked with the motto of “lighting the rhythm of the frozen music ” Set amongst the northern city’s untamed wilderness and frigid climate, the building boasts a crystal ike purity and transparency, blending in with nature and the topography. The challenge of the lighting design was in finding ways to reveal the purity and clarity of the space while enriching the visitor’s experience of both the space and the music within. The team devised three ways of lighting the main atrium in one piece of roof, developing a hierarchy. At the lobby entrance, a “welcome mat” of light; in the middle, a super indirect light; and on the wooden shell at the end of the lobby, a vertical glow. All light fittings are completely hidden in the architecture, creating a pleasant rhythm of light unobstructed by technical details, and unplagued by hot spots or sharp corners. The wooden shell is a focal point of the lobby; washed lig hting from above gives the whole lobby a warm inviting atmosphere. On the canopy outside, spotlights were placed in slots, directing light on the ground to avoid reflection and allow people inside to see out. To create a twinkling effect on the pyramidal glass roof, the designer selected a quarter of each faceted unit, attaching it with dotted film. Sunlight adds a twinkle to each pyramidic unit, creating different glass reflections throughout the day. At night, the filmed glass is grazed from below by LED light bars, seeming to glow from within and attracting visitor attention from far away. In the big theater, the architect called for a glowing “diamond” for the owner’s VIP area above the mezzanine. Custom RGB LED fixtures are hidden behind the acrylic diamond panel and transition from starry white to warm amber, changing according to the event or the seasons. MORE

HARBIN OPERA HOUSE INTERIOR LIGHTING DESIGN

The starry, twinkling diamond approach is repeated in the corridor connecting the basement parking plaza and the main lobby: fiber optic lighting minimizes visual impact but creates a dreamy, starry grand entrance at the steps. “This team generated incredible lighting solutions to accompany an incredible piece of sculptural architecture,” one judge wrote of the project. “Just WOW,” wrote another. Within the smaller theater, guests are reminded of the exterior of the building by the panoramic window behind the stage. This seamless connection to the outdoors mimics the gleaming ripple effect of the lake outside. The gleaming ripples of light on the walls are created by narrow-beam in-ground fixtures, carefully placed at the aisles along the walls. The irregular wall texture works with the light to create drama, rhythm, and pleasing shadows. To achieve purity in the space, it was important to designers that guests see the light and not the fixtures. The concept designer worked with a software expert and an industrial designer. Together, this team calculated the illumination of each space, while making expert recommendations on where fixtures might be hidden. Through their efforts, visitors can explore the beauty of the space without awareness of any lighting fixtures. “This is a breathtaking lighting integration and a stunning technical achievement,” another judge wrote. “The lighting design could not support the arch itecture any better. The audacity of the design amazes.” The IALD Lighting Design Awards program, established in 1983, honors lighting projects that display high aesthetic achievement backed by technical expertise. Additionally, projects can also be submitted for consideration in the sustainable design award cat egory, which means the project undergoes an additional round of judging keyed solely to the fulfillment of sustainable design principles. A panel of award -winning lighting designers, architects and interior designers review the projects. 


HARBIN OPERA HOUSE – INTERIOR LIGHTING DESIGN

HARBIN, CHINA

CREDITS

LIGHTING DESIGN

Dongning Wang, IALD

Yansong Ma

Qun Dang

Hayano Yosuke

Huiying Liu

Wei Guo

Ge Zhu

Qiang Chen

Yang Chen

Xiao Xia

Cheng Zhang

Junjie Wang

Beijing United Artists Lighting Design Corp Ltd

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

CLIENT

Harbin Songbei Investment and Development Group Co Ltd

ARCHITECTURE

MAD Architects

EXTERIOR + LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGN

TORYO International Lighting Design Center

ASSOCIATE ENGINEERS

Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Institute No 3

FAÇADE/CLADDING CONSULTANTS

Inhabit Group

China Jingye Engineering Co Ltd

BIM

Gehry Technologies Co Ltd

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Beijing Turenscape Institute

INTERIOR DESIGN

MAD Architects

Shenzhen Keyuan Construction Group Co Ltd

INTERIOR DECORATION CONSULTANTS

Harbin Weimeiyuan Decoration Design Co Ltd

ACOUSTICS CONSULTANTS

Acoustic and Theater Special Design & Research Studio of East China

Architectural Design & Research Institute

STAGE MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

Beijing New Era Architectural Design Ltd

SIGNAGE DESIGN

Shenzhen Freesigns Signage Co Ltd

PHOTOGRAPHY

© Hufton+Crow

© Adam Mørk

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