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Martin lights dazzle at new performing arts centre in Singapore

Singapore's new Civic, Cultural and Retail Complex, which is said to 'blur the boundaries between retail and cultural areas' features an eye-catching lighting design feature made possible by Martin Professional fixtures.

The new state-of-the-art Civic, Cultural and Retail Complex in Singapore, which officially opened on 1 November, has been installed with 36 Martin Professional Exterior 200 colour changers.

Designed by international architectural firm Aedas, the complex features a collection of performance and event spaces such as the Star Performing Arts Centre, which includes a 5000-seat theatre wrapped in an unconventional design of slanted columns and facades.

Singapore-based Lighting Planners Associates was enlisted to design the Martin-based lighting solution, with the key visual focal point being a six-story-high bow truss around the theatre bowl that runs between the core walls.

The 36 Martin Professional Exterior 200 colour changers are fitted into the architectural design from levels 5 to 10, and used to illuminate the ‘bowl skin’ around the theatre. The lit structure is curved at the bottom with 26 Martin Professional Exterior 200 Colour changers placed on the bow truss and the remaining 10 at a lower level, ensuring the bowl skin becomes visible through the glass cladding by night. Control of the system is from a Martin PC-based LightJockey with cues triggered from a Lutron control system.

According to Lighting Planners Associates, the effect intended is a glow from within the building and add that the dimming and color changing capability was necessary to reflect the activities in the event venue.