Office

LuxLive experts discuss lighting of a post-pandemic world

An office with lots of plants in it
Workplaces are expected to undergo the most pronounced transformation, with a move from serried ranks of desks where employees crunch out emails five days a week to more fluid, communal team spaces.

HOW WILL we illuminate a post-pandemic world? That’s the question that will be addressed by a series of experts at this week’s LuxLive Digital Festival of Lighting.

Workplaces are expected to undergo the most pronounced transformation, with a move from serried ranks of desks where employees crunch out emails five days a week to more fluid, communal team spaces.

Wellbeing, a trend before the advent of the coronavirus, will continue to be a major factor as will environmental quality and pathogen management.

In a special presentation at 10.20am on Thursday 12 November – the second of the two-day event – leading lighting designers Maryam Aghajani and Johannes Stahl of jack be nimble will specifically explore how workplace lighting is likely to change in the coming years. 

They’ll show a recent workplace design that went through major design changes influenced by the recent pandemic, and analyse  studies on previous design changes and trends that have come to life influenced by pandemics in the past. 

Other speakers will discuss the wider issue of wellbeing and lighting. Ruth Kelly Waskett, associate at leading building services consultancy Hoare Lea will look at lighting and productivity.

What is difference between colour-tuneable lighting and circadian lighting and how do they apply in a workplace? What are the measurable benefits to occupants of using these systems? Are they worth the investment in terms of productivity? Colour-tuneable white LEDs are currently fashionable for offices – but do they deliver any real circadian benefits? Waskett will explore the issues with reference to real-world installations at 9am on Thursday 12 November 2020.

At 9.40am, a panel of experts will discuss the lighting elements of the new WELL v2™ pilot standard.

The WELL standard for human health and wellbeing has become a must-have for many building owners. It builds upon the pioneering foundation of WELL v1, drawing from the community of users and practitioners, and from health and building researchers and experts around the world. 

Cosmin Ticleanu, principal lighting consultant of the Building Research Establishment, will open the panel with an overview and the discussion will then explore specifically how the design of the lighting – both natural and artificial – can help meet the standard.

The other panellists include Henri Juslén, chief future Iilluminator of Helvar, Robyn Goldstein, associate principal of HLB Lighting Design and Pete Mardell, senior designer of Arup. The discussion will be moderated by Lux Review online editor Ray Molony.

Later in the morning at 11am, Michael Grubb and Matt Waugh of Michael Grubb Studio will explain the lighting concept at the West Downs Campus of the University of Winchester

The campus is an inspirational state-of-the-art facility and among one of the first university projects in the UK to be registered to pursue WELL Certification. It has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

That’s followed by another case study: Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters in Massachusetts, USA.

The company – a global leader in cybersecurity – has had a lighting overhaul that was inspired from the idea of network connectivity.

The concept that begins in the lobby, with lines of light guiding people throughout the 19-story building along a continuous mile-long path, known as the ‘AkaMile’. 

This high-concept design is both visually stunning and energy efficient, designed to both LEED v4 and WELL v2 Gold certification levels.

The project will be discussed by Robyn Goldstein, associate principal at HLB Lighting Design.

  • Register FREE for LuxLive HERE.
the LuxLive 2020 logo