Jumeirah Beach Conference Center is a part of
Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai. The project was refurbishment of interior
spaces designed by KCA who were also the designers of the original scheme.
The interior spaces consist of lower and upper
levels. The lower level has two entrance lobbies, the Sun lobby and
the Moon lobby, located on either side of a Ballroom. The upper level
consists of a number of Meeting rooms, one Auditorium and a Circulation
The requirement of the project was to have a
creative but cost effective, energy efficient design. Low voltage perimeter
downlights and LEDs create a rhythm around the Mezzanine Corridor, with
concealed lighting behind the wall panels in the Ballroom and Auditorium.
Recessed narrow beam downlights have been used in both lobbies to pick
up the ornate floor patterns.
Within the Ballroom, most of the original downlights
have been retained; additionally more efficient lamps like IRC halogen
lamps and energy efficient electronic transformers have been used. Dimmable
linear fluorescents and low voltage cold cathode lamps have been used
to help minimize energy and maintenance cost. Perimeter long life LEDs
have been applied to create colour change effects.
Lighting control forms an important and integral
part of the lighting design. In order to achieve the lighting moods,
effects and scenes, a dedicated Architectural Lighting Control System
is used. The lighting design is based upon the scene setting principal
which is automatically provided by the lighting control system. This
system is user friendly, easy to use and cost efficient. Having low
voltage halogen lamps on such a control system considerably increases
operational lamp life.
Also, substantial effort has been applied to
the design by considering daylight. The Su-Moon lobbies and the stair
case feature at the front of the building benefit substantially from
daylight. The stair has a glazed façade, with a metal structure
on outer side and a light colour stone wall on the inner side. Sunlight
creates patterns of dynamic shadows of the structure on the floor and
on the wall. At night time, this feature is lit by long life highly
efficient metal halide wall washers, which light the floor and the stone
wall evenly. The internally lit stone wall is seen from outside as a
feature, which shows itself as a glowing light box.