arc June/July Issue 116

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LIGHTIVITY Lightivity is a UK-based creative lighting design consultancy that enhances spaces, places and experiences with light. Founder Richard Cameron showcases some highlights from its diverse portfolio. National Bank of Oman HQ Muscat, Oman Lightivity has recently completed the lighting design for the new National Bank of Oman’s flagship headquarters in Muscat. The dramatic building structure, with a total area of approximately 50,000sqm, stands prominently on Al Sultan Qaboos Street, near the prestigious Grand Mosque and Muscat city centre. The architectural design of the building by LOM takes its inspiration from the history and topography of Oman. Using the theme of topography, the exterior façade lighting design was inspired by the natural day and sunlight effects found in the local mountain ranges, with areas of light and dark existing together to provide a graduating, layered lighting treatment. The enormous internal atrium, inspired by Oman’s wadi gorges, delivers a series of dramatic internal spaces. These spaces serve to balance public access with banking security requirements, creating a multi-functional facility that serves as both a staff resource and semi-public and event space. The resulting lighting design enhances the unique architecture of this iconic building by helping reveal the building material and the layered stone surfaces both internally and externally.

Mirror Lake Shaoxing, China Mirror Lake Shaoxing is a huge mixed-use residential development featuring 200,000sqm of new public and private landscapes. Lightivity recently collaborated on the initial Phase One ‘Ripple Garden’ landscape lighting design for this beautifully conceived project, designed by rising design stars, LANDmark Studio. Concealed light was located within dedicated geometric landscape elements such as reflection water pools, tree pits and feature mirror walls. Concealing the light fittings where possible reduced any visual glare from direct light sources and helped create a welcoming, relaxing ambient environment with a sense of calm and wellbeing. A bespoke light installation feature was also designed and developed to sit within the Phase One development’s central sales centre courtyard – called the Raindrop Garden. The scheme consists of approximately 90 large glass blown raindrops, each internally illuminated and suspended within the courtyard to provide both the functional and feature light within this contemplation space. The Ripple Garden is now open to the public with the rest of Phase One due for completion in the second half of 2020.