About project

  • Type: Shopping centre
  • Client: Kauno "Akropolis"
  • Year: 2019
  • Location: Kaunas
  • Architect: Kančo studija
  • Photos: Sandra Patapienė, Romas Patapas

Searching for interesting design and technical solutions and openness to new ideas is the eternal engine of UAB Gaudrė. When architects of Kančo studija offered the idea to illuminate the alleys of shopping center "Akropolis" with a 3D architectural structure reminiscent of iceberg tops, we faced 3 main challenges: technically correct lighting solution, installation of large dimensions at high altitude, short project implementation time.

Together with Estonian company SarosDesign we designed and produced around 100 meters in length illuminated ceilings, consisting of 64 separate segments (~ 3x3 m) connected to each other. The construction ensures even lighting of the space, is light and environmentally friendly, with adjustable light flow. The luminaires combine all the advantages of stretch ceiling technology, aluminum constructions and LED lighting.

Depending on the purpose of the premises, the construction was subject to particularly high fire requirements: a special film with good light transmission scattering was used, which corresponds to the flammability class BS1 d0. The proposed design is not only a stylish decor element that enriches the environment visually, but also serves as a high-performance lighting solution.

When mounting this type of construction at an altitude of 8-10 meters, we were unable to do this without the professional help of alpinists. Due to their size, the segments were partially assembled on site and immediately mounted to the ceiling using special mountaineering equipment.

While implementing this idea, we encountered an extremely short design, production and installation time. The project was fully implemented in 3 months, of which a construction mounting took 1.5 months.


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