These two imposing tower blocks owned and operated by Linthouse Housing Association are already an impressive local landmark. The proximity of the blocks to each other creates a microclimate which we drew inspiration from, creating a lighting scheme that was kinetic colour change and reflected both the movements of residents within the lifts and the weather in the form of wind and temperature with different colours signifying different states.
The lighting consists of a series of interconnected LED RGB colour change tubes which are run on unistrut trunking around the parapets of the two buildings. The unistrut was secured with weights rather than being drilled and fixed into the fabric as this may have compromised the waterproof membrane on the roof which was not allowed.
The lighting is connected to a control system that detects lift movement on each block and either wind speed or temperature. The residents were each given a special crib sheet that explained at a glance what the different colours meant.