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Lighting Design Composition and Detailing

Anusha Muthusubramanian, Founder and Principal, Lighting Spaces Lighting Design Studio, Chennai, brings forth the finer nuances of lighting design and detailing
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Introduction:
Lighting design is a tool that brings architectural composition alive. It has to be meticulously articulated like a musical composition. It has got a structure, visual melody and grammar. Lighting has to tangentially follow the trajectory of spatial design elements and quietly underline it without disrupting the rhythm of architectural composition. Lighting and spatial design should be visually recognized as one. Tuning the composition or Park Hyatt,Chennai -Accent Wall lighting design conceptualization is the first part of design process. The second part, very important one, is the detailing of design. It is crucial to learn detailing which is the vital step prior to implementing a project and only when you detail your design the right way, the effort or artistic essence would be retained and successfully reflected in the finished project. Detailing is the key to translating design from paper to reality.

Conceptualization:
Painting a space with light brings out visual order of spatial elements and the space having an underlying idea or concept is the soul of the project. It is a process by which the designer understands the visual interaction of architectural elements and articulates them ingeniously into a spatial composition. This process is systematized by understanding the principles of lighting composition.
The process of lighting composition is as follows

  • Dissecting and Understanding Spatial Elements:
    Identifying each spatial element and its characteristics are very important to figure how they can be brought together in light. Lighting technique has to accentuate its visual progression.
  • Layering:
    After understanding the spatial elements, they are grouped into layers that can be visually unified with character. When one layer is visually differentiated from another with lighting variables such as light color, contrast, technique, etc. When one layer is overlapped visually with another with differentiating lighting character, it provides visual depth to a space.
  • Hierarchy:
    Setting hierarchy of highlight between each layer is a technique by which visual interest is created. Visual priority is set by the designer for each layer depending on which element deserves more visual emphasis. It is a deliberate attempt to channelize the viewer’s perception and decide how the viewer’s attention is directed.
  • Framing Views:
    Each view or vista is framed in the process that renders the spatial form to the viewer. This sets the journey of visual progression through a space leading the user from one view to another, thus providing a visual experience through a space.

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