Hosting conference rooms, a hotel and administrative offices, the complex is shaped like a standing open book symbolizing an edifying open-mindedness towards culture and knowledge and their worldwide diffusion. The three wings embody different but at the same time very similar persons, who strive for communication, connection and convergence and emblematize the unity of East and West, of Europe and Asia while maintaining their peculiar identity. In conclusion, the building is a symbol of CMEA’s unity, people’s equality as well as of the universal human right to enjoy the undeniable benefits of knowledge.
Entrusted to the Russian group Svetoservis, the lighting concept of this peculiar building was first of all required to match the existing illumination scheme of Novy Arbat street through the use of a dynamic, multi-coloured accent and flood lighting. Powerful LED spotlights with narrow optics featuring high luminous efficiency, long life source, low power consumption and highly professional technical features were therefore needed in order to deliver the required performance. Moreover, being equipped with offices, hotel and conference rooms, the multipurpose building demanded a discrete illumination system that in no way could annoy, disturb or damage its guests. Additionally, the total height of the building required a powerful, narrow beam fixture that could reach up to the top of the structure with an even light and colour distribution.
According to these prerequisites, only the central block and the outside borders of the three wings were reserved a dedicated lighting approach. While for the side wings of the building a GRIVEN product had already been identified as optimal solution in terms of light output, long throw and eco-friendly approach, for the central part the development of a new dedicated release turned out to be necessary in order to comply with the lack of space on the ground floor and the extremely narrow and high surface to light up. The Griven R&D team has, once again, successfully faced the real challenge of engineering, in a record time, an incomparable custom-tailored ultra narrow beam wall washer, perfectly matching the several guidelines strictly requested by the project specifications.