STANTEC CREATES A MULTITUDE OF VISUAL DESIGN ENVIRONMENTS
Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the elegant Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA USA on 22 May to honor the winners of the 36th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twentythree projects from 12 countries were on display—including exteriors, interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.
The lighting design for BPX Energy in Denver, CO USA by Stantec took home an IALD Award of Merit.
With a relocation from Houston, TX, to Denver, CO, BPX Energy wanted to offer its employees a taste of home and a sense of consistency so they could feel comfortable in the new headquarters. Stantec’s task was to design a lighting scheme that made the workplace feel like home for thousands of employees.
To accomplish this goal, a multidisciplinary integrated design team was organized that included lighting designers, contractors, the owner and the interior architects. Materials needed to be warm and cozy, evoking a residential feel. Knowing that their employees would spend the majority of their days in the office, the client requested that designers and architects aim for personality over sterility to elevate employee mood.
Concealed lighting solutions enables the textures and materials of the space to take center stage. Coves with material depth, reverse coves around circulation and breakout spaces, and perimeter wall washes can be found throughout the building.
The lighting design offers the employees creature comforts as they include toe kick lighting at steps, under-bench seating lights, integrated handrail illumination at the stairs, and shelf and under-island work lighting. The lighting feels easy and natural, intuitively appearing as the employee discovers they need it.
By “linking the task to visual design,” judges note the attention to detail and carefully considered use of space that populates the design. The lighting acts as a supplementary support, particularly as many employees will use daylight as a primary source of illumination.
The special touch is the multitude of brightness levels and space types to fit different user needs, ranging from bright and airy spaces to dim and moody areas.
Denver, CO USA
Rachel Fitzgerald, IALD
Interior Architecture + Design
Saunders Construction, Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineering
© David Lauer Photography