Digital Experience Center
Chennai, India
by Lighting Spaces

Seamless weaving of light for spatial delineation and symphony of different lighting techniques composed to shape a visually scintillating and comfortable space. This digital experience center of a famous IT Company has a futuristic interior, where, presentations, meetings and video conferencing involves backlit screens to factor in the lighting design technique. Minimal direct lighting combined with mostly indirect lighting and vertical illuminance – at the right proportion, interwoven into an intriguing lighting composition. Technique is played in a way that light is felt and not seen. Qualitative integration of light into spatial elements makes lighting a paramount component in the composition.

This experience center is divided in two sections – discussion lounge and presentation area. The feature wall with fins connects both the areas visually. All zones have backlit screens and the design factors are defined around reducing discomfort glare, veiling reflections and maintaining background foreground contrast ratio for the screens. Different qualities of light are explored with design by bouncing it on different surfaces through varied techniques that can compose, delineate and shape the space. The design involves four primary layers of lighting definition. First layer-Indirect lighting, was chosen as the one that will fluidly run through the space, both on the wall and ceiling, as part of the futuristic interior scheme. Ceiling lighting coves are detailed to bounce maximum light setting basic ambient light level. The second layer is vertical illuminance that will significantly contribute to the overall light level and was chosen for the feature fin wall. Fin wall was detailed meticulously understanding both the backwall finish and fin finish that will disperse the light evenly. Finishes were chosen with the involvement of the lighting design team and lighting mockup. Grazing the fin only from the top, at the back of the fins, with a linear LED grazer, with the right optic, and backlights the background and highlights the undulations of the fins in silhouette in front which heightens its form. Third layer, played most minimally, reducing the number of ceiling cutouts and glare, is the downlighting. Downlighting was only used over the discussion table and the video conferencing table just enough to achieve the light levels required. The chosen downlights have best glare cutoff angle with quiet reflectors that do not catch light and small aperture diameter as well. The downlights also have good uniformity in light throw and wide beam spread and lights the task by not affecting contrast ratios for the presentation screens. Decorative pendants used in this space were also chosen carefully so that they contribute to the overall light levels to reduce the number of downlights. Meticulous light calculations were done to check all the above mentioned criteria. Fourth layer – Light slots underneath the back projection windows provide soft wash. The light slots at the top and bottom of the central island separating the lounge and presentation zone achieves a floating effect. Dimming system was commissioned to 4 different scenes – welcome scene, discussion, meeting and presentation.

Lighting design team was involved during early concept phase to ensure a coherent and flawless integration of all design elements and during selection of materials, finishes, type and placement of AC grills such that the overall design ideology entwined with lighting ideally.

Detailed sections of light slots along with information regarding fixture and driver placement in the construction documentation made it a successful project to build as conceived.

Lighting Design: Anusha Muthusubramanian – Lighting Spaces, Bangalore, India
Architecture and Interior Design : Ajay Sethi, Suniil Philip – PSP Architects, Chennai, India
Client : A Renowned IT Company, Chennai
Vendors: Lumenatix Bangalore
Gojis Lighting, Chennai
Project Completion : January 2018

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