Nordlux will be represented in the foyer, café, and in the theatre itself (main stage). Aalborg Theatre wishes to illuminate the foyer, café and theatre, so that the lighting appears as an integral element of the design, while also being both functional and atmospheric. One of the most substantial changes will relate to the theatres foyer – this area will to a greater extent serve as a small café with seating and cosy corners.
The classic design that has characterised Aalborg Theatre is challenged by the new design – a modern approach has managed to capture a mood and style, while respecting expectations of how a theater ought to appear.
The project will be completed in September, at which time we shall also receive (more) photos showing the selected lamps: Canto maxi grey and black. Avra pendant lamp suspension black + Filament bulbs. MIB ceiling white + Link system and Nexus wall in white.
Seismonaut is a Danish company, which helps other companies and organisations navigate the digital landscape. In-house navigation around the office landscape at Seismonaut is enabled by a complete lighting solution from Nordlux. A solution designed by architect and design firm, Bønnelycke MDD.
Designing the lighting for a whole company is a complex task. Creating the best lighting conditions for as many people as possible requires understanding architecture and space, as well as the company’s culture and internal workflows.
It also requires a thorough knowledge of light and shadow, especially regarding their interactions. In addition of course, know-how is essential when the architect seeks an optimal solution, which relates to both lamp design and functionality.
ALBA, FUSE, MIB, NEXUS, and ORBIT were chosen to provide Seismonaut with a well-conceived and implemented lighting design. ALBA is rotatable, and is suitable for both direct and indirect lighting – this design was selected for workspace lighting. MIB was fitted either onto rails or on the wall, so as not to take up desk space. ORBIT was selected for consistent ceiling light, as it elegantly provides a pleasant and effective room lighting.
In the meeting rooms, NEXUS was placed in clusters over the meeting table, emphasising a sense of community in the room, creating a "feel good" atmosphere – and equally important – a lighting enabling the usage of a projector and screen.
FUSE was installed on the terrace, where with its familiar glow, a cosy and warm atmosphere is created as soon as twilight arrives.
"In the old house, which we also built ourselves, we seriously lacked light in our kitchen-dining area – not just basic and ambient lighting, but work lighting, too. There were parts of the room where there was simply not enough light, so we didn't use it during the winter," recalls Niels. Therefore, even at drawing board stage, lighting was high on the wish list. The architect was asked to design large windows in both the northern and southern sides of the kitchen-dining area – as well as skylights.
"The kitchen-dining area is the heart of the house. This is where we gather, and we need light for a multitude of tasks," Niels says. The couple decided right from the outset that they would contact an architect with expertise in lighting design to help them get the best lighting solution for their home. Due to the roof and ceiling construction, it was important that these considerations were factored in from an early stage.
"We wanted something other than ceiling lamps, lighting tracks and spot lights in the ceiling.
Our general thought was that there should be a lot of indirect basic lighting. You know, light that just flows in as a natural part of the house," Niels explains, and Christina adds: "We wanted a fun alternative to putting the usual spot lights up in every room." Based on Niels and Christina's brief, architect Henrik Bønnelycke presented the idea of creating indirect basic lighting with LED strips built into the acoustic panels in the ceiling. The strips provide a different look to regular spotlights because they slide into the whole ceiling.
And when they are switched off, you can hardly see them. "The LED strips are incorporated in most of the rooms and have become part of the house's DNA," says Niels. The indirect lighting is also found outside on the patios and in the carport.
Here, the LED strips are tucked between the wall and the undercladding, illuminating the walls downwards. This makes the undercladding appear to float and gives a nice light effect.
Niels and Christina also wanted there to be functional lighting for different situations. One kind of light for R&R, which is subdued, relaxed and warm, a different kind of light for work when there are vegetables to be chopped and food to be cooked or homework to be done, and then another for playing. So in the kitchen-dining area there are different types of lamps: pendants of various sizes over the worktop and dining table; spotlights, which are tilted and illuminate a rough stone wall, as well as indirect LED lighting, which is installed behind the cabinet wall and the fridge. "All of the lights can be dimmed, as we knew from the old house that this was important.
With different types of lighting and dimming, it's easy to adjust the mood of the room and ensure that there is always the level of brightness in the room that we need," Christina says.
The couple has chosen LED lamps and light sources throughout the house, partly because it means lower power consumption, and partly because it is an environmentally friendly solution. "We use the lamps in the living room and in the bedroom as indirect lighting here in the kitchen-dining area and vice versa. With LED, it is OK to leave the lights on in the surrounding space, even if you're not actually in there. It doesn't cost more than around 50 øre (0.07 EUR) over a whole evening to have the lights on in the living room because LED hardly uses any power," Niels explains.