Microsoft Bucharest Offices
Corvin Cristian/Daiana Comanac/Adrian Oancea
Bucharest, Globalworth Tower, Romania
Despite the tremendous innovation in light technology and the enormous changes in the contemporary workspace environment, mostly towards wellbeing, work space lighting remains surprisingly dull, seldom more than functional. Part of this stagnation is due to the regulations conceived about half a century ago for typewriting and handwriting activities and largely assimilated to manufacturing activities hence similar requirements of uniform light all around as in factory halls. The attention paid to pleasant lighting in retail or hospitality eluded the office sector. Disruptive to this situation, the Microsoft Offices in Bucharest feature laser blade pendants controlling light spill in front of the screen while illuminating the background , a 15 % up light for filling effect on ceiling, dramatic light on architectural elements, light washed pillars, dedicated spotlights for plants and a rhythm of rays animating the long corridors), all light sources are recessed in black cones to avoid glare on screens. Temperature is 3000 K and all is DALI controlled. One scenario corresponds to the norms while the others are aimed at the real needs of the users and conceived with them.