Interior Architectural Illumination
Canadian Parliament - West Block, Chamber
Office for Visual Interaction
Jean Sundin, Enrique Peiniger, Wendy Jiang
Winner in Interior Architectural Illumination
Ottawa, ON, Canada
The Canadian Parliament Chamber of Commons, an innovative transformation of the original West Block courtyard, flaunts modernity while harmoniously integrating its historic surroundings. Here, lighting must seamlessly balance disparate functional and aesthetic criteria and serve a range of uses, from public visits to television broadcasts.
Luminaires are visually integrated into cantilevered column branches that are natural extensions of the Chamber’s minimalist architecture and interior design. These are strategically positioned, responding to the Chamber’s most critical demand: optimizing TV broadcast lighting tilt angles in the absence of a typical gantry system. Answering these unique lighting challenges is a complex, hidden luminaire arrangement that involves incredibly precise aiming angles, which directly inform the geometry and design of the branches themselves.
A transparent roof, connecting the Chamber’s modern interior with its historic backdrop, floods the vast space with daylight. Coordination of sunlight screening systems features this natural light, yet diffuses against high contrast ratios and stabilizes transient lighting conditions for television broadcasting.