Degrees of light at Open University
RIDI Lighting has provided a comprehensive lighting solution for the new Jennie Lee Building of the Open University. The 5000 m2 research department cost £13 million.
The entrance into the building is into the striking atrium, which is lit by a continuous waved strip of LF Opal luminaires. These simple angular fixtures deliver a crisp and wide light distribution which follows the recessed contours of the central upper walkway. The walkway is flanked by a line of recessed 20 W compact metal-halide Tango R spotlights.
The study areas are lit by Venice luminaires with high-reflect aluminium matt parabolic louvres to provide an even and glare-free spread of downlighting. The light channels are fitted with optional dummy covers to create the effect of dark intersections along the run.
Hakeem Makanju, consultant with Buro Happold, says, ‘With a wide choice of suspended and recessed luminaires, coupled with RIDI’s intelligent control system, we were able to specify products that matched precisely the educational and study requirements of this flagship university building. The control element, specifically designed for this project, also meant that we could meet the client’s need for lighting control flexibility and the architect’s desire to provide a contemporary building design with a highly sustainable rating.’