Harmonizing with Heritage

Lalbaug Private Gallery

Lalbaug Private Gallery

Institutional
Façade | Interior | Landscape
Location
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Area
845 m2
Year
2017
Client
Ms Jayshree Lalbhai
Collaborators
NID Exhibition Design Team
EKA
RMA
Ishaan Electricals
Photography
Neha mevada

Conservation-Minded Lighting

Our approach had been to remain somewhere between the house and the institute with minimal static architectural lighting that highlights the major elements of the architecture with careful wiring that respects the conservation standards and doesn’t clutter the space anyhow.

A first layer of ambient light was achieved by pure moon like luminaires, positioned at the top of balustrades’ newels that illuminated softly the building mass while created a rhythm to the composition, while accent light was to express the beauty of arches and decorative balusters.

The landscape lighting was provided through hidden pendant fixtures in the high trees, which illuminates strategically the nodes in path and part of the tree foliage or create pools of light on some vegetation clusters.

Lighting heritage gem with minimal approach

What we did first was to curtail the natural lighting exposure to attend the recommended lighting level for each specific Artwork group.

We worked thus on adding wooden louvers to the windows where it was not applied and this basic approach made the transitions from a room to the other very comfortable and without any fatigue to the eyes or using any extra energy.

Now, having achieved the minimum ambient light exposure with the natural light, we started to look for the accent lighting concept for the art. As per the main theme we were not to have any period lighting or dramatic theatrical light approach but to have a much generalised approach for the art appreciation.

Also, the premise being a conserved house, we were not allowed to do any rewiring/ change the fixture location. We had to just carefully replace some of the fittings put by the architect and that too be made by the local lighting industry. As of then, no local industry actually manufactured museum lighting fixture or the lamps, we recommended to have the imported lamps that has the best lighting spectrum and consistency and a possibility to shape the beam of light using various accessories on the same lamp. By this we could achieve less inventory and less confusion for the house keeping staff and still achieve a relatively better light quality to appreciate the colors in art work. The housing for the luminaire was locally made with a pure form to be minimal and camouflage with interior finishes.