Illumination: Palace of International Forums / pfarré lighting design

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The Palace of International Forums is a centrally located venue in the cityscape of , for hosting official state receptions, conferences and concerts. With the request from the client for an atmosphere of festive glamour, pfarré lighting design created the illumination of interior spaces to encompass a total of 40,000 m2. They augmented the work of the interior designers by designing many lights, light systems, light objects and crystal chandeliers manufactured specifically for the project. More images and their description after the break.

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Another part of the commission was to come up with a design for the appearance of the Palace exterior as a whole during the evening and nighttime hours. A focal lighting element in the main foyer is a 21 meter long and 5 meter high crystal chandelier weighing approx. 15,000 kilograms. Eight crystal ball chandeliers measuring 3.5 meters in diameter lend a distinctive touch to the atmosphere of the side foyers on the mezzanine level. The sheer volume of the auditorium is accentuated by LED lines, wall floodlights and cove lighting, allowing structural contours to be emphasized.

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Forty-three meters high and 50 meters across, the 1,850-seat concert hall affords visitors an impressive spatial experience. The idea of the interior designers of creating a cupola from overlapping ring elements was effectively continued by the lighting designers using a scheme of contrasting tones. Positioned out of sight behind the rings, an LED-RGB lighting system creates an imposing light space.

Lighting Design: pfarré lighting design
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Team: Gerd Pfarré, Dominik Buhl, Katharina Schramm, Anh Nguyen, Cosima Strobl
Architects: Tashgiprogor Co.
Interior Designers: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH
Developer: The Republic of Uzbekistan
Surface Area: Interior space 40,000 m2
Completion: 2009

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Illumination: Palace of International Forums / pfarré lighting design" 02 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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