Project details

Project type: Urban, Arts and education
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Client: Enlighten Manchester

Summary

Lumenfacade Color Changing luminaires gave Manchester Central Library a dynamic nighttime appearance for ‘Enlighten Manchester', a three-night festival of light, sound and art.


Manchester Central Library

As part of UNESCO's International Year of Light, Enlighten Manchester saw public spaces in and around Manchester Central Library illuminated for three nights (December 10-12, 2015). As the centerpiece of the festival, the library needed a dynamic lighting design that would enliven the building and Manchester Civic Quarter.

The festival turned to Tyson Lighting and Lumenpulse, who provided 28 Lumenfacade Color Changing luminaires. To emphasize the building's striking rotunda form, the luminaires were mounted along the base of the Tuscan colonnade near the top of the Library. Spaced between columns, the luminaires used a 30 x 60 beam angle to illuminate walls and ceilings within the colonnade, emphasizing the building's circular shape from a distance. The luminaires were programmed to cycle through different solid colors and rainbow cascades throughout the night.

Lumenfacade luminaires were then mounted to each side of the two-story portico facing St. Peter's Square. Set close to the columns, the luminaires accentuated the textures of the stone, and helped draw the eye to the building's main entrance.

Equipment specified:

28 x Lumenfacade Color Changing (4 ‘, 30 x 60)

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