arc June/July Issue 116

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Pics: Piotr Krajewski

Lines of Light L&L Luce&Light fixtures add a sharp, angular play of light at the entrance to Warsaw’s Złota 44 residential skyscraper.

D

aniel Libeskind is the architect

At sunset, Rio 1 linear profiles, 12W/m 24Vdc

skyscraper, added to the Polish city’s

into the pavement in front of the entrance to the

behind Warsaw’s Złota 44 residential skyline a few years ago; featuring

angular surfaces and distinctive curved glass walls reminiscent of wind-filled sails.

Standing at 192-metres high, the building is an

icon in the capital’s urban landscape. It houses 251 luxury apartments spread over 54 floors together with areas dedicated exclusively to residents’

leisure time. The structure offers amenities to

satisfy every need, creating a genuine community feel: from the 25-metre steel swimming pool and the children’s play area to the gym, cinema, and spa with a Turkish bath.

The sun’s trajectory was an important source of

inspiration for the design concept, which makes the most of the available daylight at every level.

The curtain wall, made up of glass and aluminium

modules arranged in irregular patterns and inspired by the wings of the white eagle on Poland’s coat of

arms, gives movement to the surfaces, reaching its apex in a single multi-storey penthouse.

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RGB, from L&L Luce&Light, are activated. Set

building they use the appropriate outer casing,

where they create connections of light between

the structure’s indoor and outdoor spaces through their longitudinal positioning and use of diffuse lighting. The Rio family is particularly suitable

for use in public spaces because of its IK10 impact resistance, guaranteeing maximum resistance

to impacts, and its Intelligent Protection System

(IPS), which protects the lighting fixtures against

water infiltration, polarity reversal, hot plugging, ESD and power surges.

The fixtures, chosen by Polish lighting designers Paweł Skulimowski and Grzegorz Wróbel, were installed so that they draw continuous lines at

different angles to mirror the façade design, which

features backlit metal panels fixed to the building’s glass surfaces. The dramatic light blades created in this way define and enrich the access area. www.lucelight.it