57 'Lighting Design' posts:

January 25, 2014

January 17, 2014

Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach

We will be working with SMS Architects on the renovation of the Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, California. The site, which recently has been mostly vacant, has already garnered much interest from restaurants and retail vendors based on the proposed re-design, which will upgrade the Lido Marina Village into a contemporary, upscale shopping and dining center.

December 30, 2013

Lighting Today features YouTube Amphitheatre

Our design for YouTube’s outdoor “Moonlit Theater” has been featured in the landscape lighting segment of Lighting Today’s newest issue. Lighting Today is an architectural lighting magazine based in Singapore and our project appears on page 75 of the latest issue.

The full text of the article is available here.

December 18, 2013

Westlake Plaza and Center

We are happy to be partnering with Callison again on a new project. This time we will be working together on the renovation of The Westlake Plaza and Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. The ideally located neighborhood plaza has been a key area for lifestyle shopping and dining, and we are excited to update the charming plaza with a fresh look.

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December 17, 2013

A Good Sign for YouTube

“Can you specify some floodlights to light our sign?” That was the directive given to us to light the YouTube sign located on the side of their office/sound stage complex in Playa Vista, CA.   We looked at the sign and thought that floodlighting would not be a great solution, because the sign was offset from the wall and that the shadows would be distracting. We felt that halo-lighting would be a better solution and make it easier to read at nighttime.

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November 10, 2013

Beware, The New Title 24 2013 Requirements Are Upon Us! (Updated*)

*Or not, since on December 11, 2013, the California Energy Commission has decided to postpone the implementation until July 1st 2014.

While the new standards are estimated to reduce energy consumption by 25% for residential and 30% for commercial buildings, the impacts design are pretty significant. Lighting is said to currently account for approximately 30% of California’s electricity use. So, you know this will affect your project’s lighting design, but how?

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October 15, 2013

Lighting Design at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

By Archit Jain

Passing by New Delhi’s HOK designed new (or somewhat new at least) Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3, I was struck again by how different the concourses of this this airport “feel” when compared to other airports in other cities.  I’ve flown through Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Terminal 5, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and the just opened Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angles and somehow the Delhi airport is still different.  So what is the difference?
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October 10, 2013

Pirch Glendale Galleria Opens

26,000+ sft, 1000+ luminaires, 1.5 years of design and construction, metal halide, LED and fluorescent, heartburn at times—it’s all done and The Pirch Store (formerly Fixtures Living) is now open.  Scott and David spent a collective 28 hours on ladders to aim the lighting in the store, and it looks great.

So  if you’re looking to build a new home, or even redo your existing one, and want to make home fixture shopping a fun experience, head on over.  They’ll even serve you a handcrafted espresso while you do so.

September 19, 2013

Goodsill in the News!

Oculus’ project, The Law Offices of Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, was in the news as Callison’s entry to the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter People’s Choice Award.  We enjoyed working with Callison’s team on this project, and Goodsill is clearly happy with the design of their space, as it appears prominently on their website.

Good luck to Callison on this entry!

The full entry for all projects is available here.

July 20, 2013

Designing a “Moonlit Theater” for YouTube

With its ever-expanding base of creative content producers and viewership, YouTube has built three production facilities—in Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo—specifically dedicated to their most consistently prolific YouTube content generators. In each of these spaces, those exceptional YouTube channel stars can collaborate in studio space with audio-visual and filming equipment, all free of charge. Aside from its indoor sound stages and screening room, the Los Angeles YouTube Space also boasts of an impressive outdoor theater, seating up to 200 at a time, with a 1080p resolution projection screen and 5.1 surround sound.
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April 4, 2013

Consumer LED Lighting in Japan

By Archit Jain

As Lighting Designers we cannot escape looking at lighting everywhere. Instinctively we look at the ceilings and critique lighting in any place we go to (just ask my wife). We also appreciate when lighting is done well, and welcome thoughtful lighting design as it raises the bar for all of us.

The same applies to products. While in a train in Tokyo recently (JR Yamanote Line in case you are familiar with Tokyo and are interested)—I came across an ad panel for a consumer grade color temperature changing LED surface mounted fixture.

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October 16, 2012

Oculus 参与设计的苏宁超级旗舰店在中国开业

Oculus,与华盛顿贝尔维尤的建筑公司MulvannyG2合作,为苏宁超级旗舰店南京店完成了灯光设计,还包括位于上海、北京和广州的连锁旗舰店。苏宁是中国最大的家电用品零售商之一, 改进设计区域包括-建筑、灯光、展示架、指路标、图像和标牌。店铺面积由97,000平方英尺 (9000平方米)到538,000平方英尺 (50,000平方米),大部分的设计仅在5周内完成!
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October 15, 2012

Oculus Designed Suning Expo Retail Stores Open in China

Oculus designed the lighting for the flagship Suning Expo Retail Store in Nanjing and other rollout stores in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou in collaboration with MulvannyG2, architects based in Bellevue, Washington. Suning is one of the largest appliance and electronics retailers in China, and the upgrade included all areas—architecture, lighting, display, wayfinding, graphics and signage. The stores range from 97,000 sft. to 538,000 sft., and the majority of the design was completed in just 5 weeks!
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September 26, 2012

5 Steps to Mall Lighting

Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall. Puns aside, what makes ‘em all not look the same, and how do you create a definite nighttime and indoor identity to the shopping center that you are designing? These 5 key lighting strategies have proven to be successful.
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August 17, 2012

May 10, 2012

LP West Fixture Concept

It is not everyday that the product and design director for Louis Poulsen Lighting drops by your office.  Luckily we had a few days’ notice that Flemming Hald was coming so we had time to prepare an ambush!   When our favorite manufacturer’s representative Anne Frederiksen and Flemming came by, they thought they were coming to get our reaction to several new fixtures in development at Louis Pouslen. Little did they know that they would be walking into an unsolicited design pitch from Oculus!  As we presented our concept for fixture we called “LP West”, we could see a funny glint in Flemming’s eye and a crooked smile starting to form.

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January 15, 2012

What’s in a Name?

Why Oculus Light Studio?

Oculus is Latin for eye. It is also a circular aperture that allows light into a space (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus).

Since lighting design is a very visual profession and our job is to decide where the light allowing apertures go, the two meanings of the word suit a lighting design firm well. Realizing that there is more to lighting design that just locating lights, the eye represents both observation and perception – both important aspects of what we do.
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