ENDECON UBUNTU (PTY) LTD ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS: Engineer
MCM PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT: Contractor
JJ SPIES CIVIL ENGINEERS: Engineer
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Lighting Innovations, a well-established national manufacturer of light fittings and solutions, gave us a brief which called for an office component to represent both their philosophy and the advancements within the company in terms of lighting manufacturing and development. Furthermore, this called for the us to capture the identity of the company within the space as a showcase of the capabilities of Lighting Innovations; discussions led to the conclusion that the office component and integrated spaces be developed with the future proposal of a standalone showroom pavilion.
The very specific brief called for the development of a strong concept which could be carried through to all levels of design. For the office component, we drew inspiration from the 'fundamentals of light transmission as seen through a triangular prism. Visible light – often referred to as 'white light', is made up of component colours. These colours can be observed during passage through a triangular prism. Upon transmission the white light is separated into its component colours, namely red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet' (The Physics Classroom, 2014).
Thus deriving from the angular characteristic of the triangular prism, the concept was dominant in all design decisions and carried through in all the spaces, from the exterior clip-on component with its angular cut-out form, right down to the volumetric shapes and colours of the furniture and lighting fixtures.
An important part of the design process, and what enabled the essence of the company to be displayed in the spaces, was the strong collaboration between the architect and the client. This is evident in the custom light fittings designed especially for the various spaces and in line with the concept.
We feel that the project was successful in terms of not only the end result, but the strong collaboration between us as designers and the client which enabled the company to stand up to its name of "Innovation" in its ability to manufacture custom cut steel light fittings, and to bridge the gap between simple mass produced light manufacturing and producing custom lighting solutions. By developing a strong concept from the outset, we were able to carry it through from a macro to a micro scale with thorough attention to detail in the architectural addition, the interior and the resulting industrial design.
(Adendorff Architects 2015)