Upon completion in 1991, the 120 Collins Street skyscraper stood as the largest building on the Melbourne Skyline. Comprising of 52 floors and a 42 metre high communication tower, the post-modern inspired design attained numerous awards for building excellence.
Laservision was recently engaged by Australia's 'Investa Property Group' to design and implement a permanent external lighting solution for the building’s crown and mast.
What better time to launch the attraction than the opening of the XVIII Commonwealth Games. The lighting design played a central focus in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the games around Melbourne's legendary Yarra River.
The brief was to upgrade the mast and crown of 120 Collins Street and the overall design was to be in keeping with the following objectives:
- No increase in electrical consumption
- The design was to use dynamic light
- The application of light was to be accurate so as to avoid spill and light trespass
Laservision provided 120 Collins Street with a complete "Turn Key" solution which included feasibility and design, equipment recommendations, installation and overall project management. In all 220 metres of continuous LED strip sections were installed for the internal illumination of the tower. The use of beam shaping and beam control devices ensured light spill beyond targeted areas did not occur. Inverted narrow focused LED wash lights were use on the external sections of the tower and colour changing metal halide wash lights were used at the first set-back below the roof. These design considerations ensured that the new lighting design dramatically reduced light trespass and ensured energy efficiency.
The final lighting effect portrays the iconic physical characteristics that are unmistakably 120 Collins Street. The programmed sequences reveal progressive changes in colour involving all of the lighting simultaneously.
The control of these dynamic sequences is achieved through Laservision’s Digital Data ~ Pump II (DDP II) technology. DDP II was an ideal choice for 120 Collins Street as it allows lighting programmes to be stored and replayed via a human friendly touch screen interface or automatically on a time of day basis. The unit is connected via a secure broadband connection to the internet which allows full remote control.