Renzo Piano invited Piero Castiglioni to collaborate as lighting designer for the Centrail Saint Giles project. With this project, the Genoese architect wanted to dispel the myth of London as a grey city. The façades have bright colours such as orange, green, yellow and red, the aim being to create a surprise effect with these unexpected colours. A brick Ministry of Defence building once stood on this site. Located between Covent Garden and New Oxford Street in central London. The settlement is made up of complex volumes, a combination of facades characterised by materials: glass, steel, ceramics in different colours and changing in relation to the light. Since these materials have colour within them, the dimension of reflection is created, brought about by the brilliance of the materials used. Commercial units, restaurants, offices and flats are arranged around a large central courtyard, a square that hosts social life and reinforces the urban identity of the place, visible from each building through the large windows (6 metres high) on the ground floor and accessible from five different passages. The lighting design of the courtyard serves the architectural project: the common areas of the double-height ground floor, perimeter of the entire settlement, are illuminated with suspended spotlights that provide general and precise illumination of the rooms. The light emitted outside by the large glass surfaces forms a sort of luminous base, detaching the buildings from the ground, visually expanding the space of the square, while projectors positioned under the eaves, out of sight, provide general lighting for the space, producing a situation of chiaroscuro and shadows similar to daylight hours. Central St. Giles won the “Best of the Best” award from the British Council of Offices in 2011 and is home to Google, NBC Universal and Mindshare.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Fletcher Priest Architects
Orsay Museum where architecture became a big lighting device, the reflections of light bulbs with walls and ceilings create a uniform light without shadows. Groups of projectors in Grassi Palace recall a small football field. Here was born a new type of lighting device. Reflector lamps and articulated support gives life at the "Cestello". Spasa na Krovi is a perfection of Mantova project. Light beams aggregation allow the device size reduction and the dispersion light control.