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News in pictures 10 November 2010

Philips brings sustainability design statement to life with LEDs; Coemar lights up Guangzhou hotel; Vaddio prepares Parkway Christian Church for HD overhaul; Unusual Rigging to construct new pavilion for Garsington Opera

Philips has helped a team of young architects make a stunning visual statement about sustainability and simplicity by bringing their international competition-winning design concept to life through the use over 300 LED lamps.

Visitors to the 2010 Tokyo Designers Week saw the “L’effet papillon” – The Butterfly Effect – created by Swiss architectural design studio Allegory and emerging French architect Aurore Baulier.

Built into an industrial shipping container, the design used a combination of reflective surfaces, recycled household materials and Philips Novallure LED candle lamps to create a visual representation of the positive influence that relatively minor objects can have on a global scale.

The container creates a three-dimensional ‘frame’ for the design, in which origami butterflies made out of recycled paper ‘fly’ through its entire length. Philips lamps are suspended from the ceiling to symbolise the sky, with more lamps embedded in the floor to depict fields of flowers blowing in the wind.

The Hengda Hotel is a magnificent 5-star hotel, recently opened in the region of Guangzhou in south-east China. Its already spectacular appearance becomes even more stunning in the evening, when the Coemar moving lamps are switched on.

The entire architectural lighting project, created by lighting specialist Guangzhou Zhilliang, is highly innovative: it uses moving heads that are usually found in the theatre.
Walking through the gardens and along the paths of the huge park during the evening, your eye is drawn to the incredible light beams lighting up the sky.

The design uses 63 of Coemar’s Infinity S model ACL, an extremely powerful and dazzling unit that produces adjustable beams of 1.7° to 6°. Some are located in the upper part of the building in order to create light beams towards the sky; others have been positioned along two sides of the garden, to light up the darker areas and fill them with colour.

The small moving head of the Infinity S range have been combined with the larger Infinity Spot XL design. These emit an exceptional lighting power due to optimal use of the 1500 W source, controlled by an exclusive zoom range from 8° to 49° and the mechanical and electronic precision dimmer.

Challenge yourself to live your life to the fullest. This is the message of Parkway Christian Church in Surprise, Arizona, USA. When Parkway’s Pastor, Trent Renner, decided he needed a better way to broadcast this message he looked to Audio Analysts in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Vaddio’s high definition ClearView HD-18 pan/tilt/zoom cameras now simulcast all messages from the new 50,000 square foot auditorium to additional buildings across campus.

“We were averaging 1600 to 1800 in attendance on a weekend in a 10,000 square foot building,” explains Parkway AV coordinator, Tyler Ingram. “Now that we are at 50,000 square feet total we added newer technology to go along with the building upgrade. It made no sense to upgrade technology and put in 4:3 SD, so we went high def to create a better video experience.”

 Four HD-18 cameras are being used throughout the main sanctuary in order to provide a tele-presence feed to the other auditoriums, as well as image magnification for multiple projection screens, explained Audio Analysts project engineer, Preston Smits. One main center camera is shot from front of house, there are two side-angle cameras – one on each sidewall – and an effects shot from the ceiling above the stage captures the video and sends it back to the production room for control and monitoring.

Having received planning permission to hold the renowned annual month-long Garsington Opera festival at the Wormsley Estate, the home of the Getty family, Garsington Opera has commissioned an elegant pavilion to house the stage, the orchestra and auditorium.

The pavilion, which will be re-erected each year, is made from a limited palette of materials – timber, fabric and steel – and will combine transparency and lightness with a sense of intimacy. Lifted above the ground to give an appearance of ‘floating’ over the landscape, architect Robin Snell’s design takes its cue from a traditional Japanese pavilion in its use of sliding screens, extended platforms, verandas and bridges to link it to the landscape.

Unusual Rigging, a regular supplier to Garsington Opera, has won the contract to coordinate the detailed design, procure specialist suppliers and to construct and commission the pavilion to the architect’s design. Unusual is also developing a storage system to provide for a 15-year life span for the pavilion, with minimum requirement for annual maintenance.