d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

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d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:44 am

Now this is cool.... actually i think my phrasing was "how fucking cool is that..."

http://scotland.archiseek.com/news/2005/000028.html
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Postby roskav » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:03 pm

Wow! not to be trifled with! That's nice!
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Postby phil » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:09 pm

Where is it? Looks great.
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Postby alan d » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:35 pm

GLASGOW , Phil....................believe it or not
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Postby Hugh » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:37 pm

That's great. But everything looks great lit up at night. What's it look like during the day? Transcendently good, one hopes...
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Re: d'illuminations - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:41 pm

http://www.murraydunloparchitects.com/wip/sentinel/index.htm

Second and seventh shots are day shots.

or here:
http://www.glasgowarchitecture.co.uk/sentinel_glasgow.htm

Hey ........................if night time's good enough for Hopkins
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Postby Hugh » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:36 pm

Nice...what's with the cut-out guy on the roof with the corrugated recliners? I don't smell an art project, do I?
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Postby sw101 » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:42 pm

Hugh wrote:Nice...what's with the cut-out guy on the roof with the corrugated recliners? I don't smell an art project, do I?


they snuck in a second year college project for the craic (i hope).

nice one alan, looks very well.
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Postby phil » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:51 pm

Hugh wrote:Nice...what's with the cut-out guy on the roof with the corrugated recliners? I don't smell an art project, do I?


Must admit, I was slightly concerned about that too. :)

The building looks great in those daylight photos aswell.
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:52 pm

Hey just because this is a commercial building, does'nt mean we can't use a bit of corrugated paper, here and there.

It's the mock up of the seating on the top floor garden, ...............art project nothing.......... God sw101, these hard nosed London guys are hard to please.
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby sw101 » Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:07 pm

i'd recommend a rail, i hear glaswegians are prone to having a drink or two.
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:18 am

Great idea sw101, maybe a pull in space for cars also........it's right bang in the centre of Glasgow's redlight district
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby Hugh » Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:53 am

Now I begin to understand the illuminations. And there was me thinking that "business" meant offices.
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:12 pm

Took my sixteen year old son to see it last night.............. needless to say he found it hard to concentrate on the building............. we parked a mile and a half away .

I'ts amazing how little some girls wear on a cold winters night in Glasgow really.
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby modular man » Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:11 pm

How will it work in practice. Do the lights come on when the last person leaves the office or can people work away inside without being affected by the lighting outside?
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:30 pm

We're still experimenting modular man .

Within the next couple of days, the colour will be regulated and appear as a block of red or blue or yellow or whatever and change over the whole frontage on a 5 minute spectrum cycle. We'll see how that works and the effect you are talking about has on the appearance of the colours. Obviously the darker the interior the stronger the colour on the front elevation.

Inside though when you're working, you are not aware of the colour on the outside of the building at all.
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Postby sw101 » Fri Feb 11, 2005 6:44 pm

so, i'll start the idiot questions then, how does it work?
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:02 am

well...we first tried to colour the glass but found that that would not give the effect we had hoped for. In fact in tests simulating the building at night the glass appeared black and during the day would have a detrimental impact on the interior. Maybe fine for a cafe but not for an office and if you did'nt like orange which many people don't in Glasgow you were stuffed.

So , we proposed instead a system of LEDs which are recessed into the soffit of the ceiling and are set out to coordinate with the glass fenestration pattern. They look a bit like disco lights, I guess and they are set by computer to whatever colour spectrum, pattern and timing you want.

We have to set the display and are still experimenting but will probably settle on a block of colour over the whole building at any one time changing slowly to another , then another over a five minute cycle.

But we could do the Glasgow version of the Mexican wave
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby gweilo » Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:23 pm

Nooooooo!!!!!

Don't go solid colour Alan! It's been such good fun as a jazzy riot of colour. Sticking to just the one colour at any one time would tone it down considerably, and it would look so tame by comparison. Its fantastic piece of Broadway boogie woogie style and it totally cheers up both my day and that corner of town. Making it all the same would just be so annoyingly tasteful! I beg you to reconsider!

Alternatively you could do an Empire State Building and go solid colour whenever there is a special occasion? You know red for Valentines day, green for St Patricks Day, Gold for Chinese new year etc etc. Bit obvious and cliched I know but it would still be fun

Cheers

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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Mon Feb 14, 2005 4:20 pm

Well, we've been surprised at the vibrancy and the quality of the colour combinations ourselves.

If it were a single building for one client then it would work as you suggest, gweilo.

However not so sure , when each floor could be occupied by a different company potentially all with their own company colours..............don't know how we would control it ................. but who knows. ?
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby gweilo » Mon Feb 14, 2005 4:53 pm

I can appreciate your point Alan. Tenants can be particular with their requirements! That is part of the nature of the commercial office market. But you would hope they would grasp the bigger picture. They want into this package because of the location afforded in a high profile / high visibility office building. And part of the reasons for the Sentinel's attractiveness is the light show after all. You would have thought they would buy into that as a consequence of the exposure it brings them and not then want to spoil things by wanting to tame it. Fame by association as it were. But you'd need to be a psychologist to understand the interior workings of a tenants mind sometimes!
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby GrahamH » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:35 pm

You could play giant Blockbusters with that :)

Looks fantastic - think a large block of colour could work equally well for some of the time, maybe with different sides a different colour, but esp with the whole building in one shade changing gradually - what an impact it'd have.
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby sw101 » Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:04 pm

have you had the cursed "redefining the red light district" headline yet?
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby alan d » Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:12 pm

Not yet sw101, opening is 3rd March. That'll be the big press day, consequently probably being "stored" til then
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Re: d'illuminations of glasgae - bright lights big city

Postby simple minds » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:27 pm

another glass box, if you ask me...guess sustainability is not on the agenda ALan?
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