VON KARMAN CREATIVE CAMPUS, Irvine, CA
Designers: Scott Johnson – Brilliant Lighting Studio, Joseph Ho, Oscar Nino, Robbie Mehring, Carlos Carrasquillo – Wolcott Architecture
Photos: Joseph Ho, Wolcott Architecture
The design goal for this 1 million-plus sq ft, nine-building campus was to create an illuminated connection between buildings. The result is a glowing pathway that reinforces the 24-hour work environment. The path interprets a stream of water, flowing and directing movement. To complicate matters, the site lies in the flight path to a major airport, so the 80-plus CRI, 4000K LEDs had to conform to FAA review, BUG, Dark Sky and Title 24 requirements while harmonizing with the landscape/hardscape. To minimize glare, LED strips used to light the flowing "feather" were hidden from direct view, partially buried but readily maintainable in river rock, angled to allow the emitting optic to precisely project light while keeping fixtures cool. The façade lighting, meanwhile, employs vertical building-high LED grazers located behind architectural fins, creating a mysterious "light from within" effect. Regarding aesthetics, the architects wanted high Kelvin temperatures, while the landscape designers wanted low. A compromise of 4000K was reached, allowed the greenery to appear green, and humans to look, well, human. The dusk transition glides gracefully from sunlight to electric light, as night follows day.