Gmall – Istanbul – 2015
Planlux developed the architectural lighting design project of NuPeople Office by Gmall.
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About the project:
This place is a multipurpose hall which is repurposed again and again for several times since it was constructed. Building responds all the functions because of its architectural construction like a warehouse. Even though it was thought to be used as a shopping mall in the beginning, it started to change when the hypermarket was turned into a fitness center. Then the second floor where the cafe and cinema exist was replaced and repurposed as offices.
It is one of the most striking examples of how a place which has almost no columns and extremely wide can be turned into an open office area. This work also can be seen as an exploration which shows what happens when interior architecture brings together all the functions in offices by using light as a material.
Building consists of technical, private and open offices, exhibition areas, greeting, reception and cocktail area, basketball court and terraces. The biggest goal of the lighting design is to create a comfortable and combined environment which includes all those different functions with an optimum ergonomic solution. It was also very important to achieve these expectations with the right amount of time and budget to spend. Lighting and interior design’s perfect match let a music band to use this office as a performance area which is set for a music video clip.