From Burj Kalifa in Dubai to the architectural lighting of the Complexe Desjardins in Montreal, Lightemotion is an independent firm located in Montreal known for its large-scale projects on five continents.
In the last year, the company was rewarded with three Illumination Awards by the Illuminating Engineering Society. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is a non-profit learned society that was founded in 1906. The IES's stated mission is to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.
A Colossal Project
Honored with the interior lighting Illumination Award for its lighting design concept for the Burj Dubai Mall Expansion, Lightemotion is undeniably internationally renowned. Mandated by the firm gsmprct to highlight their interior design the Montreal firm needed to create a specific signature for the 125th and 148th floors of the tallest building in the world. These two areas include a luxurious lounge, upscale boutique and a huge 360 degree observatory.
The Montreal firm had to create a total symbiosis between the building's architecture and its lighting. "The architecture is extremely organic and light was thought to be completely articulated within it," says Roupinian, President and design Lightemotion. The lighting of the 125th floor of the Burj Dubai Mall Expansion represented a real challenge for Mr. Roupinian and his team as they needed to create an intimate atmosphere that would also be visible throughout the city.
Iconic illumination for the Complexe Desjardins
The Montreal sky would not be the same without the presence of Lightemotion. Mandated to position the Complexe Desjardins as a key element of the Quartier des Spectacles sector, the firm is responsible for the illumination of the three towers.
Distinguished with the architectural Illumination Award, Lightemotion created a two-level lighting that is far from static. "We strongly believe in creating different light scape scenarios in the Montreal skylight, so this concept evolves during the evening,"
The great challenge of this project was to find a timeless signature unique to Desjardins. The outdoor lighting also needed to be harmonized with the interior lighting master plan created by the firm in 2008. This long process has transformed the Complexe Desjardins, reducing its power consumption by 67%.
A Forest of Lampshades
Mandated by the City of Quebec and the Quebec Tourist Information Center, Lightemotion has created the winter illumination of Cartier Avenue. Resembling Chinese lanterns, this vast forest of 34 lampshades inspired by the works of Alfred Pellan and Fernand Leduc, was the winner of the outdoor lighting Illumination Award.
The company chose to create a virtual gallery of artwork that could be changed every year. This concept, which will extend to other arteries, represented an enormous technical challenge for Lightemotion. The Montreal firm had to design a tool that the client can himself articulate and that is perfectly suited to the harsh winter weather. Let’s not forget that this installation is part of a broad plan to position Quebec City as the winter capital of North America.
The Lightemotion team is composed of lighting and theatre designers, lighting engineers, interior architects and marketing consultants from the four corners of the globe. The firm sets itself apart from others by its multidisciplinary team and its artistic approach, focusing on the needs of its customers. Able to intervene in five different languages, this eclectic team works with the same passion and technical rigor regardless of the size of a project.
Amongst its most recent projects, the Montreal firm has created the Lighting of four Singapore Museums, as well as the lighting design for the biggest train museum in Europe; Brussels’ Train World.
Closer to home, we can note the recently completed Lighting Master Plan of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and the Lighting of the Lac Leamy Casino. Lightemotion is currently hard at work on the great Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Revitalization project in Montreal.