ECC Lighting & Furniture recently wrapped up its Auckland War Memorial Museum project, with spectacular results.
As part of an upgrade to the facade and the architecturally designed, award-winning atrium, the museum approached ECC about a solution for lighting up the exterior in colour changing RGB fittings (from iGuzzini Linealuce and Tagada). Other notable international buildings lit by iGuzzini include the Piazza Duomo in Florence, the Cathedral of Resurrection in Saint Petersburg and the National Museum in Beijing.
In the atrium, LED lights were installed with minimal impact as the new lights were custom-fitted to the current casings, with samples flown to the iGuzzini factory in Italy where moulds were then made.
The LED lights can produce more than 16,500,000 different colours by mixing different colour gradients to create precise, defined hues. And with the museum recently named the first in the world to achieve CEMARs certification, the efficiencies of LEDs count too, with bulbs set to last longer and less energy lost through heat.
The museum decked itself out in rainbow shades for the inaugural Auckland Pride Festival, and turned red during the annual Lantern Festival, attracting hordes of spectators, buzz on social media and a cover shot in the Weekend Herald. Over Christmas, the atrium lit up in green and red stripes for Night at the Museum.
For the museum’s events team, the lighting is an opportunity to offer commercial clients something extra and create different themes and moods for its own events.
“Lighting the building with the incredible clarity and colours we can now achieve is offering us another way to reach out and connect with our communities,” says Megan McSweeney, the museum's director of external affairs, tourism, and sales.