Russia - A new architectural lighting system at Neftyanik Cultural Centre, Surgut

About the complex
Sponsored by Russia's largest oil and gas company Surgutneftegas, Neftyanik Cultural Centre represents an important milestone in the development of the culture and leisure industry not only in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug but in the whole country. Housing an exhibition and event space, opera and concert halls, a youth cultural centre, a dance school and much more, this unique, multi-purpose venue has been designed to get many different art forms close to Surgut citizens. 
Shows, plays, ballets, concerts, citywide or corporate events, international artists’ performances, conferences and business meetings, presentations and exhibitions, trade fairs, concerts, festivals, forums, congresses, seminars, sporting competitions: the huge complex hall will be capable of offering the widest choice of events ever. Its total area amounts to over 50,000 square metres. Fitted with a ground breaking stage equipment, this multi-functional building comprises a grand hall seating 1,180 spectators, a smaller, 300-seater hall, a gym and numerous other facilities. Its utmost flexibility will allow to separate or merge the different halls according to the relevance of the scheduled events.

Preliminary proposals
As an exterior lighting system was required to enhance the night view of the new centre, many high-profile companies made their own proposal, which had to comply with the rigid parameters and pre-requisites, such as: lighting technology, lighting design, creativity, flexibility, energetic consumption, ease of installation, ergonomics, functionality of the control system as well as quality, durability and versatility of the lighting equipment.
The overall concept proposed by the experts of the light engineering company MT Electro, Russia - a team of specialists with many years of experience in the lighting field - was considered by the members of the appointed jury as the best possible solution. MT Electro was therefore chosen to design, develop and install a colour changing LED lighting system at Neftyanik Palace of Arts, completely based on GRIVEN products. POWERSHINE MK2 S, DIAMOND, ZAPHIR, JADE 16 and PARADE S-RGBW-20 -40 -60 turned out to be the best lighting option for this complex installation.
Lighting concept
The lighting scheme chosen by MT Electro took into consideration the whole building as a unique huge canvass, whose many separate parts and levels, although enlightened by differently organized lighting systems, should stand out owing to a well-mixed blend of dynamic lights and colours acting in perfect harmony.
In order to simplify the lighting process, the façade was conceptually divided into several areas. One of the main attractions of the building is a huge glass façade located on the entire width of the main entrance.  While in the day light this clear glass façade looks quite ordinary, in the dark it turns into a huge multimedia screen, capable of displaying color transitions, graphics and full-motion video. The rest of the building plays anyway an important role being enhanced by an amazing combination of different techniques of dynamic illumination (flood lighting, accent lighting, backlighting), always matching in colour and motion with the images displayed on the mega screen.
Design and lighting calculations
During the initial development of the project, a special software was employed to recreate a detailed three-dimensional model of the building used as a base for the first lighting calculations. It namely allowed to select the best placement for the luminaires taking into account both the architectural features of the building and its technical limits deriving from the structural issues of the surrounding area. 
The programme also allowed to choose the different levels of illumination and to calculate the desired uniformity or contrast in terms of illumination, brightness and colour changing scenes required to identify the diverse architectural elements and their levels while delivering a peculiar readability to the whole building and its complex volume. 
The overall model was divided into separate elements in order to ensure a remarkable reduction of the time needed for computer calculation and to grant the maximum attention to the perfect coverage of each of the different punctual areas.
Selecting and customizing equipment
Owing to the specific demands of the project, the GRIVEN selected fixtures had to comply with many different technical requirements:
> A particular attention had to be paid to the colour mixing system. In order to achieve the required level of colour brightness, intensity and uniformity on the façades presenting different textures and colours, a 6-colour mixing system was considered the best choice. The fixtures were therefore equipped with LEDs in red, blue, green, warm white, natural white, and cool white. 
> MT Electro developed a special fastening system capable of ensuring the utmost aiming and targeting precision of the fixtures as well as the necessary steadiness under intensive wind and vibration loads.
> All lighting fixtures have been fitted with high performance cables with a predetermined length and an IP rating ranging among IP66 and IP68.
> All the product shells have been painted in a special finishing colour in order to allow their perfect camouflage on the building walls.
> According to the technical requirements, all lights have been equipped with an integrated RDM module. The RDM protocol greatly simplifies and supports the organization and configuration of the management system. Remote feedback and the ability to track the status of each of the projectors in real time allows to monitor the performance of the lighting system and react to certain changes within the given parameters.
> As the lighting fixtures must also be able to operate in the harsh and long winter typical of the city of Surgut, the vast majority of devices were delivered in the POLAR EDITION. The POLAR EDITION involves the use of an integrated automatic system of clever removing of snow and ice from the front glass and housing, the use of connecting cables from special materials (usually polyurethane) and electrical connectors with degree of protection not less than IP65.
Installation, supervision, testing 
The installation was performed with the utmost care and professionalism by MT Electro, Russia supported by the maintenance service of Neftyanik complex.  As part of the installation supervision programme, specialists from GRIVEN and DSL visited the facility and assessed the quality of the installation work and of the different components, checking the final management programme, doing the last tests and launching the lighting system as a whole.
The installation of GRIVEN LED fixtures followed the predetermined disposition, in order to allow a seamless final result, successfully driven by a DMX control system capable of managing over 100 thousand channels.

An array of PARADE S-RGBW with elliptical or wide optics, fitted with 20, 40 or 60 RGBW LEDs, custom design, were installed head-down on the cornices of the roofs at different heights from the ground in order to stress their profiles with the creation of a well-defined line of light.
POWERSHINE MK2 S units in RGBW colour configuration and wide optics were installed on poles set in front of the corners of the building. Other POWERSHINE MK2 S units in RGBW but with medium optics were used to evenly enlighten the rear parts of the building.
JADE 16 RGBW with spot optics were used to create pleasant accent lighting effects on the side walls of the complex, while an array of DIAMOND and ZAPHIR units, alternatively with RGBW or DW colour configuration and medium, wide or elliptical optics, were chosen to light up the lower part of the raised and partially protruding upper roof. 
Final result
It took about four years to finalize this challenging installation, which went through many revisions, modifications, improvements and changes. A creative team of architects, designers, lighting technicians, and engineers worked tirelessly to link the different parts of the project, double checking every single detail over and over again.
The final result is really amazing: have a look at the video to enjoy the dynamic colour fading, the beautiful rainbow colors chasing each other and the amazing overview of the whole complex, differently lit up by everyday and festive mode set up in many scenes and patterns providing a breathtaking outlook.
Products installed:
30x POWERSHINE MK2 S RGBW WIDE PE - Custom design.
4x POWERSHINE MK2 S DW MEDIUM PE - Custom design.
30x POWERSHINE MK2 S DW WIDE PE -. Custom design.
8x DIAMOND RGBW WIDE PE - Custom design.
37x DIAMOND RGBW MEDIUM PE - Custom design.
8x DIAMOND DW WIDE PE - Custom design.
37x DIAMOND DW MEDIUM PE - Custom design.
13x ZAPHIR RGBW MEDIUM PE - Custom design.
39x ZAPHIR RGBW WIDE PE - Custom design.
13x ZAPHIR DW MEDIUM PE - Custom design.
39x ZAPHIR DW WIDE PE - Custom design.
7x ZAPHIR DW ELLIPTICAL PE - Custom design.
112x JADE 16 RGBW SPOT PE - Custom design.
9x PARADE S-RGBW-20 ELLIPTICAL - Custom design.
5x PARADE S-RGBW-40 ELLIPTICAL - Custom design.
381x PARADE S-RGBW-60 ELLIPTICAL - Custom design.
76x PARADE S-RGBW-60 WIDE - Custom design.
Lighting concept, engineering, supply of equipment and installation: MT Electro, Russia
Photo and video: MT Electro, Russia