Designers and architects collaborated to integrate the latest Lutron technology into the lighting intervention that highlights the importance of gardens, landscaping and light in Luis Barragán's Ortega Garden House.
Lutron, the team of architects and designers came together to celebrate Luis Barragán's vision and raise money to maintain the Ortega Garden House in Mexico City. The temporary exhibition of light art was held in the gardens of the famous residence.
Each light art installation combines the Ketra light source with the Athena lighting control solution to push the limits of which light and color can transform a space, a concept that Luis Barragán constantly explored throughout his career. Just as color was a fundamental element in Barragán's spaces, this is a key component of every light art installation. Thus, some of the design teams sought to incorporate not exact replicas of the shades found in Barragán's most iconic projects.
The Shelter of the Walls / Workshop ADG + Sombra
Architecture studio Workshop ADG and lighting designer Paola José, from Sombra, teamed up to create a lighting art installation in the Sunken Garden for the temporary exhibition Lighting the Ortega Garden House. The concept was to represent several of Barragán's iconic pieces - the pool at Casa Gilardi, the cross at the Chapel of the Capuchinas, and the entrance to Casa Barragán - in a structure.
The team used the Lighting Design tool with the Ketra lights in colors that perfectly matched the blue, red, orange, and pink found in Barragan's projects. The lights were then programmed, using the Athena lighting control system, in lighting sequences that illuminated smoke rising from a structure designed by Workshop ADG. The result was a dynamic representation of light art that channeled Barragán's work and reminded visitors of his most iconic works.
MurMur / Artec3 Studio
The Artec3 team created an installation that seeks to evoke the murmur of silence through contemplation inspired by Barragán's color scheme. Barragán was inspired by the solitude of the gardens, and this installation seeks to provide visitors with that experience with the interaction of the bold colors, the geometric shapes of Barragán, and the consideration of scale. Three large softbox sculptures are painted with Lutron Lumineers. The design team used the Lighting Designer application to adjust the color and intensity of the lamps in real-time.
Life From Light / Light in Architecture
Light in Architecture (LIA) developed its concept as a story about the plum trees that were previously found in the Garden of the Ciruelos. LIA choreographed sophisticated lighting sequences for seven Ketra luminaires along with the Athena control system, creating the sensation of water flowing from the fountain to the ground, where seven plum trees emerge from the darkness. The design team used the Lighting Designer application to adapt the timing, colors, intensity, and spectral distribution of the lights in real-time.
Living in Barragán is Living Light and Shadow / Jorge Hernández from Garza + TONAL
In the Garden of the Virgin, the architect Jorge Hernández from Garza and TONAL Workshop created a sequence of lights that unfold over a period of four minutes. The team used 27 Ketra luminaires with angles of 15 to 90 degrees to illuminate a portion of the Ortega Garden House private interior and showcase the historic garden. Lighting design generally enhances architectural elements, but in this installation, the architects provided elements to help viewers better appreciate the lighting and provide an optimal vantage point for the show.
The Presence of the Void / ZDA + Luca Salas
ZD and lighting designer Luca Salas created The Presence of the Void, a light sculpture placed in the Patio Basin. This sculpture reflects the patio window itself and illustrates how naturally occurring light changes throughout the day can affect the appearance of the garden. Illuminated and controlled by the Athena lighting control system, this patio structure transforms with light and the sensation of movement during a 20-minute performance that passes through various color temperatures of white light and shades of red and orange reminiscent of the sunset, before culminating in a deep blue, reminiscent of the night.
From the first garden to the fifth, the Illuminating the Ortega Garden House exhibition is an impressive example of what the next chapter in lighting design and lighting control can bring, as it pays tribute to a legend of light art design.