I am reaching out to you on behalf of Lightbook, an internationally acclaimed lighting design practice established in 2008. Founded by architect and Lighting Designer Vinayak Diwan, the practice aims at integrating light into one’s project by weaving a story between the architecture and the user. Culture and context play a huge role in defining the type of lighting design for a project. It has bespoke projects across India, Middle East and UK, mainly focusing on hospitality, F&B, high-end residences, commercial & corporate environment.
I want to introduce their recently completed project: Todd Residence.
Located in Gurugram, The Todd Residence is four-storey tall, featuring a seemingly plain white facade with a powder-coated aluminium entertainment space cantilevered out of it. The lighting requirements were to have a light-filled house with breakaway spaces for reading, minimalistic design and a feel of reaching out into the sky.
The design of the Todd Residences is inward-looking, with innovative lighting concepts accenting every functional space. The front facade of the residence comprises optical fibres integrated with the aforementioned white wall. The optical fibres emulate twinkling lights with different intensities. The ground floor of the residence consists of functional and utilitarian spaces like the glass lift, area for car parking, services and servant quarters. So the lighting was functional and direct. The staircase beyond the entrance foyer has a bespoke 40 feet high light installation that spans the complete height of the building interior. The wooden ceilings on the spaces above the ground floor had grooves such that a uniform lighting grid was not practical. As a result of numerous lighting calculations, these construction grooves were relocated in order to fit a congruous lighting layout. Tactical lighting in bedrooms is enabled by the design language of metal, Italian marble and high-end accessories from Europe.
A general approach was to use lighting scenes to create visuals in the home. Accenting desired elements and playing with the source and type of light was an underlying principle in most lighting concepts.