Toronto-based Mulvey & Banani Lighting (MBL) has been recognized by both the IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) and Darc Awards for recent installations, including: Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct, Google’s corporate offices, consulting firm Deloitte’s headquarters, Menkes’ One York commercial tower, as well as the world-renowned landmark Niagara Falls.
“Lighting has the power to trigger powerful emotions, add theatrical animations, and encourage movement and interaction, yet is often missing from the overall design conversation,” says Paul Boken, Vice President of Mulvey & Banani Lighting. “As the discipline of lighting design matures and technology evolves, we believe that more and more architects and designers will be looking to lighting as part of their fundamental design tool kit. We are thrilled to receive this type of recognition and to continue to champion the importance of lighting design in the overall user experience of built environments.”
MBL, along with artist and architecture professor Dereck Revington, recently transformed Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct from infrastructure into an interactive work of art. Designed to express changes in weather through the seasons in real time, the viaduct’s strings are now illuminated from dusk until dawn on a recurring cycle, changing in both hue and intensity in response to surrounding wind speeds and temperature.
For Google’s Canadian office, located in the technology hub of Waterloo, four key lighting themes were designed into the workspace: work, rest, food, and fun. From meeting pods to a literal “fireside chat” area (complete with a working fireplace), MBL incorporated unique installations into each area, reflecting the overall theme of “planned randomness.”
Boasting a 52’-high, all-glass atrium (making it one of Toronto’s tallest lobbies), commercial development One York’s lighting design was created to help architectural details soar. The all LED design is environmentally friendly and encourages visitors to look up and take in unique architectural design details, all while invoking a feeling of serene calm against the backdrop of a busy downtown district.
Acting as a hub for both local and international employees, Deloitte’s Toronto headquarters was designed with an “open desk” policy. With numerous work spaces, lounges, and collaboration hubs spread over six stories, the floating staircase in the middle of the space had to act as an anchor – plus encourage movement and interaction. MBL achieved this by placing luminaries within each step, illuminating the way through multi-levels with an eye-catching, zigzagging pattern.
MBL’s collaborative installation at Niagara Falls enables the rushing water of both the Canadian “Horseshoe” falls and American “Bridal Veil” falls to be illuminated in millions of different colors and patterns. From a Canadian or American flag to the blazing orange of a summer sunset, patterns and color combinations can be programmed to change at the flick of a switch. The lights can also synchronize with local and national events, enabling the public to interact with what is projected onto the falls for the first time.