Our good friends at Jubba got in touch to ask if we could build three walk-in ‘light houses’ to tour Intu shopping centres around the country. These light houses were designed to boost footfall in the centres and help lift the mood of its visitors. The Happy, Calm and Energise houses featured colour combinations that were designed to help people feel happier, more relaxed and more energised.
We designed and fabricated each ‘light house’ out of timber as well as created different light sequences for all three houses. In order to create the sequences so they would work seamlessly, we wrote software using a DMC controller to program an Arduino. This ensured when the installations were being installed that it would “just work”.
BRINGING THE JOY
The Happy House was shaped like a rainbow and featured by a fading light sequence that ran through a sequence of colours designed to make you feel happier. Each end of the structure was lit in white LED with a rainbow vinyl on top in strong, bold colours.
TIME TO RELAX
As the name suggests the Calm House was designed to create a sense of calm. Its circular design gave the idea of a hug as its walls wrapped around you. There was no lighting on the outside, but a trough of up-lighters around the base on the inside that faded between teal and blue. The ribbed walls emulated the circular design, which you could sit and enjoy whilst taking a seat in the centre of the installation. All whilst the sounds of waves washed over you. Sounds like a dream, don’t you think?
The Energise House was created to make shoppers feel invigorated. It was designed with a small amount of LED on the outside, but it was the inside that really stole the show to uplift their mood. A frame built into the roof held a number of red, orange and yellow LEDs. The lights were programmed to come on at random so no two times were the same. Then to completely immerse you in the space, the lights were mirrored on all four walls creating an immense infinity mirror effect. A fantastic experience for anyone who was lucky enough to enter the space.
As with any touring event, there is a risk of damage to the installations when being dismantled and rebuilt numerous times. Due to this, we ensured we kept up to date with the state of the installation and carried out repairs as necessary.
You can find out more about the light houses and where they toured by checking out the link below.