Meteor’s involvement with the Google Bay View project dates back more than five years to November 2016, when FMS Lighting – Lighting Consultants, approached us to navigate a series of lighting challenges. From blueprint formation, Meteor has been involved right from the start.
The design of the dragonscales at both buildings allows for maximum daylight penetration that can generate up to 7 megawatts of energy. However, all of that changes during the night. As night falls, the interior of the space is not illuminated with any downlighted luminaires, and instead, purely through Indirect lighting to maintain a clean, human centric design. Now that’s where Meteor comes in.
We were tasked to design a luminaire powerful, yet discreet enough on a ceiling design that was curved, had 92% reflectivity, with open clerestory windows that allow for light spills to the outdoors, and not to mention the highly complex mounting situation on the ground. Sounds like a challenge?
First thing we had to tackle was the performance required. From ground zero to some of the highest point areas of the ceiling was 140 ft. The lumen requirement for light to travel from ground zero, to the ceiling, reflected back downwards for an average 20 fc illumination needed was at least 125,000 delivered lumens. None of our standard luminaires could possibly come close to those performance requirements, and so we started building a custom Tri-Head Light Module fixture using our BOLT floodlights.
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