The Westfield Garden City revitalisation project involved an extensive expansion and upgrade of the existing shopping centre to create a contemporary entertainment, retail and dining destination. Electrolight worked in close collaboration with Scentre Group (Westfield Design) over 3 years to create a truly unique retail environment in Brisbane.
The overall concept draws its inspiration from the historical reference of a ‘Garden City’ and has re-crafted the centre into a new retail, dining and leisure precinct set within a subtropical oasis. The Fresh Food Market, located within the lower levels, references urban casual dining, with eclectic informal furniture scattered amongst brick clad columns and potted plants. Lighting creates a sense of intimacy and engagement, promoting a sense of discovery in the large open plan area.
The lighting design to the Fresh Food Market is a departure from regular shopping centre food courts, with the aim of creating an authentic and unique “urban” dining experience. Rather than general uniform washing of light, directional track lighting has been provided using Reggiani’s Yori luminaires to create pockets of light and shade throughout the space. These track lights are concealed in ceiling box elements, which in turn are internally illuminated by LED strip concealed on the top of the lighting track. The result lends the ceiling elements a soft warmth juxtaposing the exposed ceiling behind. The track lighting also provides flexibility for the centre to illuminate merchandise pop up displays, as well as relocation of loose furniture as required for special events.
Brick feature columns and plantings are also highlighted to create a vibrant and engaging backdrop. Large oversized custom drum light features are scattered throughout the Food Market, adding a touch of elegance with their sparkling bespoke spherical pendants.
All luminaires are controlled by a DALI based lighting control system that automatically adjusts the lighting for both day and night mode operation.