More than 60 new retail stores, two new dining precincts and a new state-of-the-art cinema complex opened their doors last week, when the first and most significant phase of Chadstone’s $660 million development was officially unveiled.
The crowning jewel of the revamped centre is its 7000 square metre glass domed roof. Standing 31 metres high and equalling the size of 10 football fields, the gridshell roof is an architectural and engineering feat. Designed using 3D modelling, pieced together by hand, 2700 uniquely proportioned pieces of glass make up the 30m high gridshell roof, which gives the centre a light and airy feel by day and presents an incredible opportunity for illumination at night.
Electrolight was engaged by RCP (Vic) Pty Ltd (Project Mangers) and Vicinity Centres (owners) to undertake specialist lighting design to the Australian-first glass Grid Shell Roof. Our primary aim was to develop a lighting scheme that formed a partnership with the architecture. The lighting is dedicated to the revelation of built detail.
High powered linear LED lights are located end to end along the bulkhead that travels around the base perimeter of the grid shell ceiling. These lights provide a wash of light to the ceiling structure that gradient away as it travels up towards the apex of the structure.
All light fittings are concealed from view to ensure a glare free lighting installation that does not distract from the lighting effect. The fittings are colour selectable enabling scenes to be created using manual selections, video or images as backgrounds to select light colour. Vicinity Centres engaged talented artist Kate Banazi to turn her art works in to light, resulting in a playful and dynamic light show.
Electrolight is proud to have been involved in this iconic architectural project.