Year of implementation: 2019
Brief description: building of Moscow Academic Art Theatre named after M. Gorky built in 1972. The chief architect Vladimir Kubasov developed the theatre lighting concept that included chandeliers in the form of stalagmites and stairways with illuminated handrails that visually smoothed the passages from one room to another and concealed the asymmetry of internal space arrangements. The exhibition area on the second floor has the Soviet equivalent of open-grid ceilings, the lighting was provided by the emphasizing spot lights distributed along the perimeter.
Task: In the course of current replacements of lighting in the theatre, the lighting design deviated from the original concept, some decorative luminaries were not used. The main task set before Lighting Technologies was to develop a modern lighting concept that is close visually to the original design dating back to 1972. In particular, the restoration of historical luminaries (illumination of stalagmites and handrails). We had to develop and install the solution within a short time because of a close beginning of the theatrical season. An individual task was to illuminate the ‘green’ zones of the theatre, we had to find a lighting solution for the plants that did not have enough natural light.
Outcome: To fulfil the set tasks, we selected the luminaries that were most close to the 1972 fixtures in terms of design and prepared a lighting design to determine optimal illuminance levels. During the implementation, we faced the problem of glare in some areas of the theatre and developed a matt cover plate for luminaries that allows mitigating this effect.