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Azerbaijan - A symphony of old architectural styles and modern lighting effects


Ask any resident of Baku what the most prominent characteristic of this city is and he will surely tell you it's the architecture. No place in the world looks like Baku and no place replicates its peculiar architectural style, which is a unique synthesis of both East and West. This fusion of Eastern and Western architectural styles began in the early years of the 20th century, during the so-called “oil-boom” period of extreme economic wellbeing. A number of prominent European architects were hired to revive the city of Baku with their Western cultural influences. They therefore introduced a wide range of different styles in the architecture of Baku giving the capital city of Azerbaijan a fascinating, European allure.

As time passed, an emerging sensitivity and appreciation for the local architecture led to a fusion of Eastern style and Western design. This style became the peculiarity of the Azeri art and it is so deeply embedded in the Azerbaijan culture that, even nowadays, it is carefully reproduced in new palaces and buildings, which maintain the charm of an old cultural and architectural tradition even in a two million people metropolitan area.

Among the many residential complexes and institutional buildings recently erected in Baku and inspired by this multicultural architectural style, GRIVEN has been charged by the municipality of Baku with the external  lighting of a large block of flats. GRIVEN’s lighting designers had the main task of reproducing, on the façades of this huge palace, Baku’s most beloved illumination style, an artistic kind of “light brush” that enhances with skilled colour touches the most peculiar architectural features of the building. To do so, many different GRIVEN LED lighting fixtures were involved such as Parade, Dune, Dawn, Stroker, Micro.-Clip Graph-i-Spot and Daisy-On.

More than 30 units of Dune Warm White 10° were embedded in the pavement that surrounds the complex, while below the arches the Parade D-RGB-5 recessed were positioned, accompanied by a number of Stroker units installed on the walls to illuminate the superior part of them. Over 100 Parade D-RGB-5 and D-RGB-12, Parade D-W-6 and D-W-9 along with 42 Dawn units had the task of giving alternatively white and coloured light to the spaces between and below the windows of the building. The smaller Micro-Clip 12°, Daisy-on and Graph-i-spot were used to underline the slim contours of the upper windows of the façade and the domes. The overall effect was to create a real symphony of old architectural styles blended with modern lighting effects.
 
Lighting specified:
42x AL1208 Dawn WW 10°
32x AL1259 Dune WW Asymmetric
2x  AL1504 Parade D-RGB-12 Asymmetric
8x  AL1504 Parade D-RGB-5 12°
30x  AL1515 Parade D-W-9 WW Asymmetric
72x  AL1504 Parade D-W-6 WW 10°
8x AL1634 Stroker 40°
8x  AL1780 Parade D-RGB-5 Recessed 12°
22x  AL1850 Micro-clip 12°
112x  AL1854 Micro-clip WW 10°
16x  AL1932 Daisy-on WW 10°
88x  AL2010 Graph-i-spot 12
1x AD4118 Power CDI Commander
8x AL1459 Transformer box for Daisy-on
6x AL1855 Transformer box
56x AL1860 Transformer box for Micro-clip
9x AL2021 Transformer box for Graph-i-spot
3x GR0066 IP65 2CH DMX signal amplifier
2x GR0067 IP65 4CH DMX signal amplifier

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