Colour Kinetic lighting in Guanyin Altar

19th November 2020
Alex Lynn

Signify has completed the installation of Colour Kinetics luminaires and Luminous Textile panels in the ‘Guanyin Altar’ Buddhist temple on Mount Putuo in Zhejiang Province, China. It’s the first time Luminous Textile panels have been installed in a domed ceiling, creating a representation of skylight using dynamic colour lighting, dynamic video content, and music.

The lighting concept, introducing ‘skylight’ and a ‘world in a bottle,’ was designed by ATL Lighting.

The inner space of the Guanyin temple building is shaped like a vase, symbolising Guanyin (Homophony Guan for Guang光 Light), and represents 'mount Sumeru' which in Buddhism equals the universe. The 4,500 Colour Kinetics PureStyle IntelliHue Powercore luminaires uniquely illuminate the vase-shaped area – representing the world in a bottle - and the back plate of the Buddha statue in the temple.

Colour Kinetics IntelliHue technology is an advanced approach to colour mixing, producing high-quality white light (tunable from 2,000K to 10,000K), subtle pastels, and fully saturated colours in the same precisely controllable luminaire.

A world first, 60m2 of Colour Kinetics Luminous Textile panels create a feeling of skylight in the domed ceiling, as natural light is not able to enter the interior. The panels simulate natural light by displaying dynamic video content set to music. Colour Kinetics Luminous Textile is a configurable, high-quality and lighting system that integrates multi-coloured LEDs within beautiful fabric panels that also soften sound.

“The design concept of this architecture symbolises Guanyin at the altar, having light penetrate through the treasure vase held by the statue as central part of the design,” said Jianping Wang, Design Director of ATL Lighting Design. “The Colour Kinetics luminaires deliver outstanding light quality from its compact shape and was installed at a height that helped us create the intended atmosphere for the project in the space.”

“Colour Kinetics is Signify’s offer to designers and end-users to achieve beautiful results with lighting applications that go beyond their expectations. We are very proud of this project, bringing the design concept to life with our Colour Kinetics luminaires and Luminous Textile panels,” said John Wang, Market Group Leader Greater China at Signify.

The Guanyin Altar of Putuoshan Guanyin Dharma Realm Project is part of a larger project creating Guanyin Expo Park based on the theme of Guanyin culture. The project is aimed to unite the functions of pilgrimage, sightseeing, experience and enlightenment, and integrates the Guanyin Bodhisattva and Guanyin culture.

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