Kinetic Facade Receives Elegant New LED Lighting Design

The new ‘t Walletje business complex in Knokke-Heist, Belgium now stands out with an innovative and dynamic lighting design by Magic Monkey. Featuring a unique kinetic panel façade which follows the sun’s daytime movements, the scheme utilises 132 specially customised Pulsar ChromaStrip X3 linear LED fixtures to illuminate each panel and meet the stringent technical requirements of the project tender.

‘t Walletje business complex in Knokke-Heist, Belgium kinetic lighting design. (Photo courtesy of Pulsar)

Magic Monkey developed a scheme that would uplight and graze the perforated bronze metal panels when in their night positions. Marc Largent, Managing Director of Magic Monkey explained his concept for the project: “When night falls, the building comes alive with a warm glowing light of the same amber colour of the bronze anodised aluminium metal panels. The perforated panes will appear as shadow patterns in front of the warm amber light grazing the surface of the wall behind each panel. By individually controlling each fixture, spectacular animated effects can be achieved on all four façades.”

‘t Walletje business complex in Knokke-Heist, Belgium kinetic lighting design. (Photo courtesy of Pulsar)

Once the design was defined, it was clear the technical requirements for the job would be complex due to the mechanism of the kinetic panels. Offering a highly reliable solution which impressed Largent, Pulsar was also able to match the tender specification exactly and provide not just specialist amber LEDs but also a gold powder-coat finish and specially designed snoot to conceal both fixture and light source.

‘t Walletje business complex in Knokke-Heist, Belgium kinetic lighting design. (Photo courtesy of Pulsar)

The high quality lighting fixtures, their additional features, and the available technical support from regional distributor NetherLED and their installer Verstraete won the contract. Largent was extremely happy with the outcome, commenting, “Magic Monkey was impressed by the quality of the Pulsar equipment proposed and delighted by the customisation flexibility offered. The Pulsar equipment was excellent as was the quality of service – true professionals across the board. Pulsar, their system integrator NetherLED, and installer Verstraete won the job from several other installers and manufacturers and did a great job! All parties involved – the developer, architects, and lighting designers – are fully satisfied by the quality and flexibility of the Pulsar lighting equipment and greatly impressed by the professionalism and availability of integrators and installers. All in all, a success story.”

Owner and Developer: AGSO Knokke-Heist

Architects: BURO II & ARCHI + I

Lighting Designer: Magic Monkey

System Integrator: NetherLED

Installer: Verstraete 

Completion of exterior lighting project 't Walletje from NetherLED on Vimeo.

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