Category : Best Lighting Project : Auriga GOLD : Sanjay Puri Architects
In Auriga, the two level restaurant and bar, the lower level is almost entirely sculpted in metal strips forming abstractly folding planes that envelope the walls, columns, ceiling and bar counter. The entire design was created with the integration of light with every panel having spaces between the metal fins for indirect coloured light to filter through.
The use of metal itself as the predominant material was done so that light reflects on its angled surfaces creating a sculptural lighting effect. Each louver of metal in each triangular panel is angled to allow light to reflect its edges. The varied composition creates different effects on each panel by reflecting colour through changing LED’s.
The eventual result is that, only the lines of light are visible angling differently in each part of the bar with dim halogens focused on the tables and the bar. Floor lights along the periphery have a bouncing lighting effect with metal sheets throughout the space additionally.
At the upper level of the restaurant, angled planes in strips of wood have been sculpted in the entire space sheathing the walls and the ceiling together. To enhance the varied angles of this sculpted space, floor lights along the columns and periphery reflect light onto the angled planes enhancing the textural quality created by the wood.
Lighting has thus played a pivotal role in the design from the conceptual stage itself, becoming an integral element of the space and perception