"The Soloist", an office building in the centre of Belfast designed by Norwegian architect Niels Torp, was opened in summer 2014. Designed as a bipartite structure, a full height glazed atrium connects the two sections, thereby producing striking sight lines onto the street. The interior, as a result, offers an open, airy and lightfilled ambiance.
In order to ensure optimal visual comfort for its employees, law firm Pinsent Masons opted for high-quality LED lighting from ERCO. The lighting concept devised by the designers is based on highly efficient luminaires offering low energy consumption with a long life. In addition to high illuminance levels, the lighting tools achieve excellent colour consistency. To allow for concentrated work where necessary, Quadra recessed luminaires provide glare-free ambient lighting for a pleasant level of brightness on the desks. The same luminaire yet with an oval light distribution illuminates the office aisles precisely. Purposefully placed Compact downlights and Nadir recessed floor luminaires underline the character of the architecture. The tuned lighting accents thus produced make a feature of individual architectural elements such as columns. In the reception area, Quintessence wallwashers set off the delicate grain of the wood-panelled wall. The decision to opt for ERCO LED lighting tools made it possible to produce the different levels of lighting required in an office environment and thereby create a productive workplace with a distinguished character.
Project: Office lighting for law firm, Belfast
Client: Pinsent Masons
Architects: Niels Torp, Oslo (design of the building), WDR & RT Taggart, Belfast (execution), Todd Architects, Belfast (interior design)
Light: Semple McKillop, Belfast
Electrical planning: Thomas Graham + Neil Graham, A.E.M., Belfast
Opening: May 2014
Products: Quadra, Nadir, Compact, Quintessence, Cylinder, Optec
Photos: Frieder Blickle, Hamburg
The ERCO Light Factory in Lüdenscheid is a leading international specialist in architectural lighting using LED technology. The family business, founded in 1934, now operates as a global player with over 60 subsidiaries, branches and agencies in over 40 countries worldwide. Since 2015 ERCO's portfolio has been 100% LED. Inspired by "light digital" as its leitmotif, ERCO in Lüdenscheid develops, designs and produces digital luminaires with focus on photometrics, electronics and design. Working closely with architects, lighting designers and engineers, ERCO develops lighting tools used primarily for applications in the following fields: Work, Shop, Culture, Community, Hospitality, Living, Public and Contemplation. ERCO understands digital light as the fourth dimension of architecture - providing highly precise and efficient lighting solutions to support creative designers in turning their visions into reality.
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