Choosing the right light
While the office space had a great deal of natural light, the reception area was very dark since it was located next to the tower core. In keeping with the company’s focus on sustainability, finding the best lighting solution was a critical factor. “Lighting was the most important part of our design – both in the work we do and the environment in which we work. As architects, we spend substantial amount of time drawing, sketching and looking at and reviewing minute details. Lighting is critical,” says Mr. Coelho.
Additionally, in line with the highest LEED standards, HOK had to be mindful of watts per square foot when looking at lighting, both in terms of energy consumption and light output. Mr. Coelho continues, “It’s not just the lighting level but also aesthetics. The lights needed to look futuristic and blend into the interiors – I almost didn’t want to see them. And the defined lighting criteria had to be met: it had to be intelligent and responsive.”