The opening of ÅF’s new office building in Gothenburg was marked by a spectacular light show, putting the 66 metre high building on the map. For one evening the façades of ÅF’s new domicile were staged with a combination of colors, graphical patterns and images expressing ÅF’s values in a festive manner.
Being Skanska’s third most eco-friendly building in the Gothenburg region and having received Platinum environmental certification by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), it was important to ÅF Lighting to further communicate and demonstrate its green values. Selected for this purpose as the newest and most energy efficient LED fixtures on the market were the P-5 wash light and G-Spot moving head from SGM.
“Through lighting calculations in DIALUX, we were able to determine the optimum placement of the fixtures. The combination of the P-5 wash light in various beam angles of 15˚, 21˚ and 43˚ resulted in a very strong setting with a uniform lighting level on the entire façade”, explains Frederik W. Borello, Electrical and Lighting Engineer at ÅF Lighting.
24 P-5 RGBW wash lights and six G-Spot LED moving heads, plus another six luminaires were all that ÅF Lighting needed for this grand display. “With LED fixtures well suited for exterior architectural lighting and with a high Lumen/Watt efficiency, we were able to drive down the number of fixtures to a minimum. At the same time, we utilised the SGM luminaires’ integrated wireless DMX receivers, which proved extremely useful and saved us a lot of cabling,” says Frederik.
Together with his Danish-based colleague Franziska Holmsted, Frederik was responsible for coordination, planning and design of the illumination of the Green Building, while Hampus Sjöström from the Gothenburg office coordinated tasks on location.
Live Media Group supplied lamps and video materials and in addition to that also programmed and executed the event. “We also received professional assistance from both SGM in Denmark and in Sweden, which helped ensure the great result.”
Besides the appreciation of the nearly 1,300 engineers who work in the office building, and the citizens of Gothenburg who could see the display from afar, this festive project has become a solid reference for ÅF Lighting, resulting in many new local lighting assignments.