Color Kinetics illuminated the newly built Warsaw Spire, the second tallest skyscraper in Poland, with an architectural LED lighting system. With over 88,000 LED light points installed on the 220-meter (722-feet) tall skyscraper, it is the largest installation of Color Kinetics technology in Central Eastern Europe.
The recently opened Warsaw Spire complex, located in the business district in the heart of Warsaw, showcases the latest in architectural and lighting design trends. The entire façade is bathed in dynamic LED lighting, and also incorporates two LED installations consisting of 80,000 individually controllable iColor Flex LMX gen2 (now specified with Flex Compact gen3, RGB) light points. The LED installations are installed between the building’s façade panels at a height of 160 meters (525 feet). The total size of both installations is over 5,500 m2, comparable to the size of a football field. The content displayed on the LED installations is visible within a radius of several kilometres from any place in Warsaw. As a welcoming gesture and surprise to the citizens of Warsaw, the Warsaw Spire lit the skyline of Warsaw with a huge “I love Warsaw” message during the construction of the skyscraper.
“The illumination on the Warsaw Spire is a part of our idea to open the buildings to the city and people. This is why we displayed the ‘I love Warsaw’ motto on the façade and displayed other messages during events that are important for the city and its residents. For example, during the UEFA EURO 2016 football tournament we supported the Polish team and presented the results of the matches. This allows the building to come alive with the city’s highlights,” says Jeroen van der Toolen, Managing Director at Ghelamco, Central Eastern Europe.
“Color Kinetics technology lights many of the world’s most recognized landmarks like the Empire State Building in New York, the London Eye and the Gateway of India. Our latest and largest installation in Warsaw is visible from kilometers away and attracts huge interest from citizens, contributing to the livelihood of the entire landscape.” says Bogdan Rogala, General Manager Philips Lighting in Central Eastern Europe.
The Warsaw Spire has a state-of-the-art LED lighting system that can be remotely controlled by a mobile device. The LED lighting system is anticipated to be up to 75% more energy efficient compared to conventional lighting technologies.
The size of the two LED installations on the façade is 71 meters (233 feet) in width and 39 meters (128 feet) in length, the largest of its kind in Poland. It contains 80,000 individual light points. The roof of the building is illuminated with ColorGraze MX4 Powercore luminaires and the spires are lit with ColorReach Powercore luminaires (now specified with ReachElite).
The vertical and horizontal edges of the building with a total length of 1 km (0.6 mile) are illuminated with Flex nodes and a specially designed diffuser, providing a wide viewing angle, visible from many directions.