How is the impact of lighting on energy consumption taken into account?
Sjoerd: "There are two factors to keep in mind: the installed power (wattage) and the operating hours of the lighting, the time that the lighting is on. Is it necessary for the facade lighting to burn at full power all night long, or should it, for example, shut down at one o'clock in the morning? We always discuss this with the client. In the case of The Lobby, we use fixtures with a power of only 8 and 13 watts. This means that energy consumption is already at a low level."
Timo: "There are less than a hundred lights in total, I believe there are about eighty. That is quite limited."
Sjoerd: "Where you used to have fixtures with higher power, nowadays everything is a lot more economical. Although the most sustainable alternative is switching off the light, you also have to take into account the evening experience, presentation and ensuring pedestrians' sense of safety."
Timo: "Manhave also thinks about the future tenants. What do they want in the evening and at night? And what kind of lighting do they turn on inside? Because that also has an effect on the outdoor lighting. Later, when the tenants have moved in, we will have another look at the plan and bring everything into balance."
What were the challenges during the process?
Sjoerd: "The real challenge lies not so much in designing the light, but rather in implementing it. Things can sometimes turn out differently in practice. For example, during the trial order for the fixtures for the window frames, we noticed that the light shone too tilted upwards, due to the drainage angle of the sill. To resolve this we had a number of design sessions to arrive at a final solution."
Timo: “What we needed just wasn't available on the market. Ultimately, the solution was a 3D printed ring."
Sjoerd: "I like that about Timo. While others said at that moment that there was no alternative, he said: 'We should not talk about the fact that it is not possible, but how it can be done.' So we tried everything and in the end KAAN Architecten created a beautiful detail that was actually put into production."
Timo: "Also, people take lighting as something that is naturally present, until the lights go out. During this specific project with Manhave, we are fortunate that they recognize how lighting can create an atmosphere that transcends the building. Unfortunately, not every client understands this yet."
What do you think of the result?
Sjoerd: "I am proud of the result. I especially like that it looks sleek, without being very exaggerated. It is clear that no excessive lighting has been used, but at the same time you feel the careful approach that has been taken. It seamlessly blends with the architecture and exudes a certain elegance."
Timo: "I also hope that it inspires other entrepreneurs in the area to do something beautiful with lighting. It's a bit like 'pay it forward' - when you look at the number of resources, you realize that you can use a fairly simple filter can already create something beautiful."