Finsbury Avenue Square light installation was part of the lighting masterplan for the area around Broadgate business district in London. The project centered around creating a low maintenance installation with a life in excess of ten years to function as a social gathering space with a distinct identity. Mark Ridler at Maurice Brill Lighting Design designed the concept and commissioned Artistic Licence to develop, manufacture, and install the lighting system.

The grid formed from LED-backed frosted glass strips defines the open space with an LED array using over 650 individually controllable light modules which dynamically animates the space in changing colour pattern. The glass strips emerge from the ground to form the supports for the square’s benches. The final design was based upon the use of custom aluminium extrusion, providing mechanical protection and thermal management for the optics. A specialist glass company was contracted to bond the architectural glass to the light fixture achieving the required effect that only glass be visible from the surface.
Fixture sensors allow advanced warning for maintenance management (three sensors were implemented; for temperature, input voltage and moisture).

Total Fixtures: 650
Total LEDs: 100,000
Total Channels: 1,650
Total Aluminium Extrusion: 1,000 m
Total Power: 23,000 W
Control System: Colour-Tramp x 1
DMX Distribution: Iso-Split RDM x 9
Ethernet Distribution: Ether-Lynx x 2

Client: The British Land Corporation
Lighting Design: Maurice Brill Lighting Design
Lighting Equipment Design: Artistic Licence
Executive Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Electrical Contractor: Meica Services
Development Management: M3 Consulting
Program Management: Bovis Lend Lease

IALD Award of Excellence 2004
LIF Exterior Lighting Category 2004
IEIJ Japan Exterior Lighting Category 2004
FX Awards Highly Commended for Best Office or Public Lighting Scheme 2005


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