Key requirements of the Chinatown Mall catenary lighting design were to reduce clutter on the ground plane of the mall, to improve sight lines, and most importantly, to significantly increase after hours pedestrian safety. The desired outcome called for a minimal number of light poles to achieve even and code compliant lighting levels site wide, as well as a dynamic ornamental coloured lighting display. A catenary system was seen as the best option to achieve this and Ronstan was engaged to design and deliver.
Custom made light fittings were designed by a Brisbane based Chinese artist, Catherine Chui, to embrace and reflect elements of Chinese culture. The fittings combine both partially concealed down lights, providing code lighting and colour changing LED ornamental lighting that serves to enliven the entire space at night. Uneven numbers of fittings were required for each cable of lights to ensure good feng shui was maintained.
Paul Hardyman, Urbis