Signify (formerly called Philips Lighting) reported that it has installed its architectural lighting to illuminate the façade of one of Beijing’s tallest buildings, the China World Trade Center’s (CWTC) Tower B. The company says that this installation is just the latest high-profile city landmark, using Philips architectural LED lighting. Also, the company says that the project illustrates the growing trend in China to use the latest connected lighting technologies to make cities more attractive and livable.
CWTC Tower B serves as a new hub for tourism and commerce in Beijing’s Central Business District. The 300-meter-tall Tower B is the latest addition to the CWTC, a growing mixed-use campus that houses some of China’s leading companies. The geometry found in nature and tradition Feng Shui inspired the form of the building.
CWTC Tower B’s Titled glass curtain reduces glare
A sleek curtain wall of glass with self-shading vertical fins and a canted façade clads the exterior. According to Signify, the canted façade reflects Beijing’s vibrant skyline. The tower’s design features a titled exterior glass curtain to decrease glare and solar heat in the warm summer months.
Some 88 sets of Philips Color Kinetics ColorReach Floodlights illuminate the top of the building. Also, Signify supplied a total of 400,000 white LED light points to emphasize the architecture of the tower walls. The curtain wall embeds Philips Color Kinetics eW Flex Micro string lights into cavities, making them “invisible.”
From the beginning, Signify’s Professional Lighting Services team worked closely with the architect and reserved the cavity structures for the lighting. The well-designed installation nodes feature illumination angles and installation positions that perfectly fit the structure of the curtain wall and prevent light from shining into the offices at night.
Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co. Ltd, a Signify Value Added Partner, aided the installation.
Tower becomes an enormous video screen
Philips Color Kinetics Video System Manager Controller digitally controls the light points, enabling the showing of video content scaled across the building’s entire façade via the control of thousands of LED lights.
The legal name of Signify will be adopted in China at the beginning of 2019.