DESIGNING WITH LIGHT
Architecture is reliant upon light to give it form, to allow us to understand its nuances, spatial qualities, and material conditions. We approach lighting design with the architect as collaborator – helping designers of space and material execute their visions and make real the imagined atmospheres.
Choosing the right Approach
Determining the most appropriate, comfortable, or spectacular method of illuminating architecture and urban environments requires a melding of design study, hardware research, and the employ of sophisticated digital tools. We’re well versed in the latest technologies of light, including both the hardware itself, as well as the latest tools for study, such as 3ds Max and Nvidia’s iRay+ rendering suite.
TESTING AND MOCK-UPS
Often portions of a project are highly visible to the public, contain unique architectural details, or present challenges associated with lighting (or re-lighting) an existing space. Mock-ups allow the design team to evaluate and interact with lighting concepts under real-world conditions, so see and feel the lighting qualities in space. They also present a good opportunity for the design team and client to interact in an informal setting.
The fixture schedule and specifications are the core of our deliverables. We use a special set of fixture designations useful for keeping track of fixture types, which we encourage our clients to adopt. While we can document projects in 2D CAD, Lam designers are pushing the boundaries of project delivery in Revit. We’ve developed our own suite of generic fixture families that can represent architectural lighting, and a workflow process that seamlessly integrates with both architect and engineer.
At Lam we’ve been doing sustainable design long before it was a buzzword, but we recognize that energy codes and LEED serve as basic metrics of sustainable lighting design. Lam designers are directly involved with the writing of energy codes, LEED credits, the International Green Construction Code, and light pollution ordinances. We have a strong commitment to meeting and exceeding codes and standards, and have the skills to fully document compliance.
Given our architectural backgrounds, many staff at Lam have experience working on early design and competition-phase projects, with quick schedules, intense design sessions, and array of product deliverables. We are experts at folding into design teams, working closely to get the project out the door. Whether you need help with electric lighting studies and night-time renderings or early daylighting design concepts, we are ready to jump on competition teams.