Natural sunlight for buildings in Singapore; Combining nature, Green Mark objectives and Great Design
We are excited to share about this great project that we came across in www.archdaily.com. This project is done by a Spanish architect and is situation in Mexico, where it is also as hot as Singapore at times.
This project intrigues us deeply by providing a break through in our perspective on the high level of design architecture we can achieve with natural sunlight.
In Singapore, our new buildings that comply with Greenmark standards usually have a high degree of using natural sunlight and ventilation.
Increasingly, we are also seeing these buildings moving towards the same likeness in many ways, for example;
1. High ceiling for level 1
2. Large openings at the side of buildings to allow air and sunlight to flow through and.
3. Probably a sunroof where sunlight can permeate through the glass.
Some examples of such would be Star Vista, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Our Tampines Hub, Heartbeat@Bedok and more. Notwithstanding our excitement and pride of having such developments in Singapore; we thought that this project we are sharing offers a fresh perspective to utilising natural sunlight to illuminate a place.
By doing this;
1. Calculating sunlight direction and scale
2. Channelling sunlight through a channel
3. Projecting sunlight to a coloured base
4. Making use of reflection theories to illuminate the place with myraid of colour
All of which, the source of sunlight is renewable, the channel is an old concept used in many applications like a submarine above-sea scope, the coloured base is an affordable and highly changeable set up, reflection of light is just plain old physics theory.
Question is; Do we need to spend a great effort to design a building and its structure to achieve Green mark objectives while having a design you can claim unique to the landscape?
This project clearly shows us that relying on basic physics principles we learnt in O'level may just suffice! Its application of light which commands the design of the building is certainly worth considering in depth.
By far the most popular colour group; blue is one of the most versatile colours that in its darkest hues is dramatic and the lightest tone being light-hearted / airy.
By creatively adding different mix of paint, we can achieve other hues to create stunning teals, turquoises, dusty bluish grays and more.
Blue is traditional and vintage in its darker tones. Contrasting it with hints of gold makes the whole environment posh and grand.
On the other end of the spectrum, we can easyily add white to a standard blue paint to achieve the different shades of light blue required. Light blue gives a breezy feeling and brighten up rooms. Lighter tones also have calming effects, thus it is perfect for a space to retreat and relax.
Of course, every home is different. With the selected lighting fixture and furnishings, it can affect the look of a paint colour. Here are some great examples for your consideration to start if you were thinking of adding a splash of blue hue to a wall or furniture piece.
LED light tubes with motion sensor that lights up when motion is detected by pedestrians. Its by Philips Lighting and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Having colours and light that shines with the moving people is surely a great way to bring u the vibrancy and mood of people ! It is definitely great to see Singaporeans exploring ideas of these level. Cheers to the great installation and effort.
Link to the news: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/read-bridge-lights-up-for/2320110.html
After our August 2015 theme, we decided to combine Sept and Oct 2015 together; with the 2 most common colours used for their homes; Black and White theme. These classic colour combination makes any room — from living room to bedrooms — sophisticated, chic, and timeless.
In our own opinion, there are some things to note for a black/white theme;
1. The place will probably feel darker even in the day. It might also create a serious or uptight emotions unknowingly. As such having a good window or natural light exposure will be a good balance to a black/white theme.
2. Unsure how much black or white is sufficient in a living space? Start by giving a quantifiable percentage on the proportion of black and white in a room. This will help narrow down your options. Say, i want 30% black in a room otherwise it might seem too scary at night. That means the walls are probably not going to be black. Instead the black can come from a rug, your TV screen and the aesthetic lightings.
3. Remember that shadows are a different tone of black. Without proper positioning of furniture and lightings, you may unexpectedly create more black in a surrounding than what you wanted.
4. Use a little silver, gold or warm white lighting to bring out the warmth in a black/white home. This theme is a fine line between being a place of coldness or of warmth.
Herein, we'd like to share 5 beautiful homes that we encounter that can be easily DIY by anyone. All you need is some good lightings and furniture to bring out the glam in black/white.
Being a pioneer in LED lighting Singapore and providing professional LED lighting advice for over 6 years, we've now developed a design arm to provide greater value to your projects and business.
We'll be able to provide and design unique affordable lighting solutions using high quality lighting sculptures that are available from our Italian counterpart. Our solutions and capability will be available all across the world.
Our strong supply chain in lighting across the world will save you time in sourcing, fabricating and producing quality affordable lighting solutions to your clientele.
Through our research and experimentation in LED lighting fixtures, we are keen to share how different types of lens achieves different lighting effects.
With appropriate lens, one can control the following attributes of lighting;
1. Beam Angle
2. Effective lighting distances and size of lighting area
3. Colour of the light
4. Shape of the lighted area
5. Reflection on the objects' surface
6. Shadow effects
7. Objects' appearance on photos by a digital / analog camera
8. Blending light with the environment
9. Glare level to people's eyes and products
For different clientele and requirements, lens can be custom built to achieve the most desired lighting effect in high end commercial and hospitality establishments.
With smooth integration of lighting in one's environment, it communicates an immediate emotional impression to customer of one company's brand, quality and their drive for perfection. Ask yourself how do you feel when strolling into a Chanel store compared to a typical departmental store?
Engage our lighting consultancy services to understand how we create emotional attachment of customers to your spaces relying on the omnipresent lighting fixtures.
Here are some examples of the lens available.
Hi all, our sincere apologies for skipping the June 2015 edition. Now, we are back with the latest July 2015 edition on the GOLD Theme.
Using gold in interior design is never just about being exquisite. From ancient architectures to modern trinkets, gold is always an element and colour that gives a sense of strength to objects. Moving beyond the cliche idea of power and nobility, gold colour gives a sense of stability to an environment.
In lighting, correlated colour temperature ('CCT') of 2200 - 2500K provides the closest match to gold lighting colour. Remember how you have stepped in to TWG tea shops and feel the golden aura? Thats the colour.
Note that this lighting colour is within the warm lighting. Some people also refer this easily as warm white catagory. As such this often creates a confusion when people talk about warm white lighting colour tone.
Here we look at a few ideas of having gold colour in homes! You might be astound that gold colour can actually help soothe a hectic day. At least for me, gold has an ability to take my mind away from work. It might be same for you. Enjoy the pictures!
We have discover another simple method for any Addition and Alteration work on the ceiling with LED pixel lights.
With simple to install, easy control with DMX or wifi internet control, any dull ceiling can come alive in less than 1 week.
It can be highly customise to fit in any environment. Call us today for a consultation today for all your lighting and electrical needs.
Great lighting comes with great fixtures. Glass allows light to pass through and having the ability to change its' course and colour. Glass allows natural sunlight to permeate the interior space thus reducing quantity of artificial lighting.
Lighting is always a must-have tool to bring out the character of a building. But, it is often hard to integrate with construction materials that are confirmed from onset. With knowledge of available lighting hardware and ability to manipulate materials, we offer a new perspective in building design. This we term - innovative application of ideas.
Armed with a strategy of selecting highly versatile materials, we can kill 2 birds with 1 stone. E.g. the use of architectural glass as shown below allow any kinds of lighting to easily integrate and create original effects. This lowers total implementation cost of lighting to a building in terms of planning, installation and final look of things.
Let us help you and your building by bringing the best of what lighting and glass can do to your facade. All these costs will be compensated when your building becomes the talk of the town, the highlights in magazines, the awe and conversations of pedestrians. Without fail, traffic will be drawn in as no one can resist the temptation of immersing themselves in such a great work of art physically!
Disclaimer: Please note that we do not claim ownership of the pictures, project below. We are only sharing the ideas from such great artists and specialist in the architectural field that we are in contact with.
So many lighting control systems today with so many protocols available. With our emphasis on simplicity in design and adoption, please see our latest wifi control system.
One router looking control unit will be able to sync with the entire lighting system easily. With our specialised knowledge in LED lightings and controls, you will have a SMART home with lighting control in no time!
- Low electrical consumption
- Ability to upgrade and link to various SMART home systems (e.g energy monitoring systems, aircon systems, heater etc)
- Affordable pricing
- Quick learn and simple maintenance
- Ability to link to DMX to offer wide ranging colour control !