Thursday 22 January 2009 saw the official opening the Pan Peninsula, a landmark residential building from Ballymore Properties, at Mill Harbour near London’s Canary Wharf.
One of Europe’s tallest residential buildings, the 509ft (50-storey) Pan Peninsula consists of two towers, the top of which are illuminated by external LED feature lighting. The LEDs form a series of asymmetrical patterns of intersecting horizontal and vertical strips across the top 5 storeys of each tower. Reflected in the water below, the lighting serves to increase the aura of the building, which also boasts a signature restaurant and 50th floor cocktail bar with panoramic views of London.
Maurice Brill Lighting Design called upon ALI to devise the lighting control for the Opening Night ceremony, when VIPs were invited to view the Pan Peninsula buildings from a roof-top lounge across the dock. As part of London’s 2012 Olympics build-up, the official opening of this signature building was hosted by Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Games.
The lighting needed to be synchronised to a live orchestra playing in the roof-top VIP lounge, hundreds of metres from the Pan Peninsula buildings. ALI devised a solution involving the use of multiple Colour-Tramp controllers, synchronised over high-powered radio links between the buildings. The Colour-Tramp system was ideal for this project because it enabled the lighting designer to map both buildings geographically on a control screen, allowing visualisation of the effects and video rendering. Colour-Tramp outputs Art-Net control signals which are converted to DMX512 for the LED dimmers.
In addition to the asymmetric feature lighting, the show culminated in an illuminated count down to the Olympics on the side of one tower. ALI supplied the custom LED product used to implement the countdown finale to the show.