Planlux team participated in the development of the architectural lighting design concept of the new Kahve Dünyası Veliefendi Fabrika project. Architectural design by Toner Architects. About the project: A new branch of one of the most well-known coffee shop chain in Turkey was opened in 2016 with a new ‘’factory’’ concept. In this new branch, you may also have a chance to learn the process until you reach a cup of coffee. Just like the combination of aroma and the taste of coffee, factory, and social areas are balanced as one place. Lighting design concept is improved by this combination idea.
The building consists of three main parts; cafe, workshop/atelier, and production. The structure is made of high steel columns which provide an industrial interior look. The first thing considered in the lighting design of the cafe is to use its industrial architectural elements efficiently. Symmetric sculpturesque columns and the connection of the steel profile applications between them are used for the illumination details. Indirect light sources applied to these junction areas. To emphasize the space clearly, walls are washed by linear lights. Lighting equipment is invisibly integrated into space by considering the architectural design decisions. Track lights are used within cable trays to correspond to the dispersed furniture placements. The lighting level of the high ceiling is improved with indirect lights which again attached to this metal cable tray system. In the production part, luminaires and lamps over the tables are specifically chosen by the architects, and for the production and sitting areas, we aimed to provide different lighting levels in these different parts. On the facade, vertical ‘H’ profiles are emphasized with the spotlights placed inside of the inner section of H profiles to support the industrial concept on the facade better. With a lighting design that emphasizes the architectural elements of the place and which unifies the cafe, production and workshop parts, customers will experience drinking coffee and eat chocolate in a pure and explicit space.
Lighting design of the project has been honoured with International IES Merit Awards 2017 by IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) (The IES Illumination Awards program recognizes individuals for professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry. Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum representing knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is entirely based on how well the lighting design meets the program criteria. The Illumination Awards program is not a competition. 2017 marks the 44th anniversary of the IES lighting awards program.)