How to light a building façade tips and Hilton Garden Inn

How to light a building façade tips and Hilton Garden Inn

Following the tips nr.5, an illumination of a facade with window or holes, we present you the Hilton Garden Inn facade lighting, a project that we published last week.

Whether it is ancient or modern, what matters in an architectural work is style and materiality. If lighting follows the architectural concept, architecture always transmits the same character, day and night
To understand façade lighting, we bring you a lighting project from Abiesse, the façade of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, where lighting is used as a “building material” completely integrated into the façade’s architecture.
The choice was to use a single element, which illuminates the object in the negative by emphasising the linearity of the object and by highlighting the window frames.
Finestra by Leds C4 is the core element used for the Hilton Garden Inn facade. Perfect for arches, lintels or even jambs, statues and reliefs. An indirect lighting with a homogenous intensity involving the entire structure right from its base that follows precisely the window’s frame, avoiding unaesthetic hotspots and glare and minimising light pollution.

Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Tirana - Façade lighting by ABIESSE

Modern building facades can be just as worthy of floodlighting as historic ones. It’s the quality of architecture that counts rather than the age of the structure. There is no fixed method of lighting different forms of façades. The most important thing is that the lighting designer should master the corresponding effects and advantages and disadvantages of different methods, then make decision according to the overall creative design concept. Below we bring you some tips that will help on lighting your façade.

Ndricuesi Finestra, i përdoru për fasadën by Leds C4
Finstra by LEDS-C4
Finstra by LEDS-C4
  1. Lighting of Solid Facade

Floodlighting on the solid façade will flatten the façade, and as the façade rises, the brightness of the façade will gradually decrease and a low contrast transition to the dark night sky will occur. The use of floodlighting highlights the surface texture of the facade material. And for those facades that do not have texture, the light that spreads out over the façade forms a light spot that itself forms the important pattern of the Façade.

Flood lighting from the ground opposite the facade (project light) - Images from Archillumi
The solid part of the facade adopts the downward wall lamp - Images from Archillumi

2. Lighting for vertically divided facade

The facade effect of vertical separation is enhanced by a narrow light projection on the vertically separated facade. To avoid shadows, the luminaire should be properly positioned and the lighting direction should be oriented parallel to the facade.

For vertically divided column, light it from both sides - Images from Archillumi
  1. Lighting for horizontally separated facades

When designing lighting on the horizontally separated facade, the upward lighting close to the facade will enhance the three-dimensional feeling of the facade. By increasing the distance of the luminaire from the façade, the long and heavy shadow of the raised portion of the façade can be reduced.

Sometimes, LED linear lights can be arranged on the horizontal partition structure of the facade to represent the horizontal partition of the building.

Floodlighting from the ground opposite the facade - - Images from Archillumi
Line lighting along the horizontal partition - Images from Archillumi
  1. Lighting with concave-convex facade

Generally speaking, the different parts of the concave-convex facade can be treated with different illuminance or different light color to enhance the rhythm of the facade appearance. The use of flood light with wide beam angle will reduce the contrast between the bump of the façade, making the building “flat”.

The concave part is illuminated by the upward lighting - Images from Archillumi
  1. Illumination of a facade with window or holes

When lighting the façade with window or holes, it should be noted that the lighting of the façade does not produce glare to the people indoors. The general use of lighting to highlight the outline of the window or hole will enhance the building’s sense of drama.

Light the concave outline of the window or hole - Images from Archillumi
  1. Strip-shaped facade lighting

For the strip-shaped layered façade, by spreading the light from the inside out, it reinforces the building’s presence at night and creates a strong contrast between the lighted windows (interior) and dark façades.

Interior uplighting - Images from Archillumi
  1. Lighting of Façade with Transparent Glass Curtain Wall

In daylight, the transparent façade of the building is dark and reflects its surroundings. The presence of indoor lighting allows one to see the interior of a building. The upper light on the interior top surface enhances the presence of the roof, making the interior brighter at night, and the framing of the facade creates a silhouette effect. When linear lighting is applied to the top surface of each floor, the horizontal structure of the building is strengthened.

Interior downlighting - Images from Archillumi
Interior linear strip light - Images from Archillumi

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