Westfield properties planned a major renovation of the Atrium court area of their flagship Century City property. The design was for what appeared to be a wood lattice covering roughly 150x100 feet over the entire center of the area. The space was designed as a gathering place for special events, fashion shows and a general area for people to gather and rest.
In order to create a sense of intimacy, the client wanted to create a subtle flickering almost candle-like effect across a complex asymmetric latticework ceiling structure. Color Kinetics iW Flex Compact nodes were chosen as they could be customized to create the physical patterns required for the structure. To obtain the correct spacing custom strings were created and where needed individual nodes were turned off and the lenses covered with special matte black paint to make them disappear. This technique was used for areas where the node spacing was greater than was technically possible so we created blacked out filler nodes as required on each string. The strings were programmed using a Light System Manager to create the right mix of warm and cool color temperatures for the flickering candle effect needed.
The owner provided strong and definitive input to the design team on what they needed. Our staff worked closely with the designers to create a series of mock-ups until the exact effect was created. The effort was worthwhile as the effect is exactly what the owner wanted.
"Thank you for all of the trial and error mock ups. They truly enabled us to realize the clients vision. We were able to bring to life what was a dark and inanimate structure at night." - Azusa Yabe , Horton Lees Brogden, Studio Lead