How do the requirements for userfriendly interior and lighting design of the retail and the dining areas differ?
The differences are related to the functional design requirements as well as appealing to the emotions of the viewers. We tried to stimulate our senses because we are all sensitive to light. Lighting enhances textures, colors, shapes and space and most importantly our mood. Lighting is an emotional design tool. During the design process for the museum, for instance, whenever we discussed the mood or emotion of each space, the lighting concept often dictated the design outcome. Our design features in the museum are consistently organic and theatrical as the result. And we love the drama that lighting can create, it helps the museum come alive. In the gift shop for example, we highlight the interior feature with the contrasting lighting drama to achieve the sense of wonder looking up to the “cave of light”—but also present more functional requirements for the eye comfort when looking at merchandise on the shelves with glare-free light. In the restaurants, on the other hand, the lighting has almost no such drama but is more theatrical and the lighting hopefully inspires the mood for good appetite.
What technical requirements should the lighting tools meet?
We are careful not to go overboard with today’s smart technology that can come with so many confusing features. However, dimming is a basic tool and very reliable to find an ideal ambience. Color temperature is another feature that we are fussy about. Choosing warm or cool ambience can easily change the way people perceive or experience a space. Energy efficiency or low heat emission is also an important criterion while we design and support more energy efficient, “green” lighting.