Long time between drinks

Singapore-Chennai 20-21June 2011

Did not make it last night…so today as compensation an extra-long blog, it is a long flight so plenty of time…I had a brief stop-over in Singapore on my way from Australia to Chennai, India. Another place, another (hotel) project in its final stages of completion. It has been a long while (close to a year!) since I last was on site. Not because of me not wanting or able to go, just clients stubbornness in minimising costs…

News has only gathered through sporadic emails and site feedbacks. As a designer this is kind of frustrating as we wish our projects to come out as close to our lighting design intent as possible and irrespective of how god our specs are, it still needs the designer to make sure it is also translated properly when site “obstacles” occur. Your clients best judgement is not necessarily the best option or solution. Ours is generally driven by our design intent, the clients’ solution generally by budget and time. We have been “dreamimg” this project from day one. So has the client probably, but was it the same dream?

It appears the hotel opened its doors at the beginning of June, which means it has operated up till now without us doing any aiming, focussing, programing, testing and commissioning. Hmmm…it will be interesting to see what has been achieved, how it looks, who made the decisions and how they have operated with it. I am only there for 2 days so definitely not enough to do a full T+C. Will I have to come back? Probably, but will the client spent the money…let’s see…

It’s been a long wait between drinks in this project, let’s see how much I will need the drink…:). To be continued…

This sort of ties in with todays Light Watch, the 21st June in the Northern Hemisphere happens to be the longest day of the year. Guess somehow an auspicious day to do a lighting assessment. Also called Summer Solstice,it is a point where the earths axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun, hence the sun reaches its highest point in our sky making its day presence the longest of every day in the year. Countries above the pole circle experience this time of the year as the time that the sun does not set beyond the horizon. I ever witnessed that in Northern Iceland where the sun just touched the horizon (around midnight) and then slowly started to rise again…strange but very interesting experience to have days where it does not get dark at all. I can only assume that the energy savings from the summer are off set by the added energy needs in the winter when reversely it remains dark all day…

Light Watch 114: Summer solstice, northern hemisphere 1 am…

21. June 2011 by Martin Klaasen
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