Prize(s) Winners in Exterior Architectural Illumination
Company DANILOF light + perception
Lead Designers Athanassios / Thanos Danilof
Completion Date August 2020
Project Location Athens Greece
Entry DescriptionDANILOF studio was appointed by Noval Property to design the lighting for the Orbit Urban Office Campus in Athens. The new low-rise building is designed by LC Architects and Vikelas Architects and stands nine storeys tall with six additional basement levels and a total surface area of 40.000 square meters. The “Orbit” exemplifies modern workspace design and has become the latest landmark in the city.
The lighting concept is based on creating an urban nightscape with a strong visual identity where the façade’s structural form shimmers over the dark reflective glazing. A continuous band of cool white light picks out the distinctive shape of the building, wraps around it and dissolves into darkness and ambient luminance. In contrast, the interior lift lobby areas, the “spine” of the eight-storey building, are revealed in a gentler and warmer tone. At ground level warm light delineates the sculptural qualities of the landscape while cool white light accentuates the olive trees. Last but not least, a subtle note is introduced by the delicate shadows cast by the façade plants on each level that move gently as they are caught in the night breeze.
Photography: Pygmalion Karatzas