Technology behind the vision
The client’s vision was to light up the different buildings that are part of the Knightsbridge Estate, including three listed Grade II heritage buildings and several early 19th century buildings, in a way that would enhance and unify the different architectural elements, including a variety of stone sizes and shapes.
The challenge was to discreetly install Gia Equation’s design, which used dynamic-white LED luminaires to create a different hue of white light to suit each building material. As no standard luminaires were discreet enough, we adapted standard products to achieve maximum lit impact with minimum spill light. The 1,500 luminaires across the entire block’s façade are controlled from a single location via DMX protocol, using over 3,000 control channels. We designed the DMX protocol, including calculating the number of units capable of operating from the splitters and power packs, and ensured the installation was invisible to the public except when on. This completely “digital” lighting solution offers a subtly different façade appearance in summer and winter months.