An extremely illuminating prospect

BIG 5: Light landscaper from Belgium brings her skills to the Big 5 for the first time, with new concepts in architectural lighting.

Barbara Hediger is bringing her innovative approach to lighting buildings - most notably on the Dexia Tower in Brussels - to Dubai for the first time.
Barbara Hediger is bringing her innovative approach to lighting buildings - most notably on the Dexia Tower in Brussels - to Dubai for the first time.

A Belgian 'light landscaper architect', who has conceived an innovative approach to lighting buildings - most notably on the Dexia Tower in Brussels, is bringing her skills to Dubai for the first time at this year's Big 5.

Barbara Hediger said that with a glass-fronted building light is not reflected, but absorbed.

On the other hand, glass is transparent. From these two characteristics, the new concept was to illuminate the building, by lighting it from the inside with the use of LED technology.

Using such a system, with the high intensity of light that LEDs provide, can mean 40% less energy costs and the ability to integrate lighting into the architectural design of a building - an aspect of construction that is gaining greater credence in Dubai's market. Furthermore, LEDs have a life span of 100,000 hours and, by fixing sets of LED triplets into the frame, offer infinite combinations of the colour spectrum.

"There are only 200 light designers in the world, and I believe this is quite unique," said Hediger.

Hediger believes the time is now right to bring this format of architectural lighting to the Middle East, especially as it can complement the very strict timetable projects are on. "Dubai is very important because projects and construction are being done very quickly. Moreover, my concept only takes one to two months to conceive, plan and budget.

"Furthermore, architecturally, Dubai is very innovative, as is Abu Dhabi and Qatar. But Dubai is the first place I am focussing on."

Dexia tower, formerly known as the 'Centre International Rogier', is a 38-storey building, composed almost entirely of glass.

The use of 220,000 LED's RGB, used in 4,184 window frames, and needing 23 km of DMX cable, has set a precedent for architectural lighting in the world.

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