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The meaning of light
Award-winning lighting designer Claudia Paz is passionate about light and finding ways to evoke emotion in those who experience her lighting projects
Award-winning lighting designer Claudia Paz’s projects all have one thing in common – a meaningful concept. Designing innovative lighting projects for over thirteen years, Paz is passionate about light and finding ways to evoke emotion in those who experience her lighting projects.
Owner and director of Claudia Paz Lighting Studio, Paz’s installations are internationally recognised – from churches, monuments, and government buildings, to bridges and stadia. With a background in architecture, Paz transitioned into lighting design after discovering the myriad of options, sensations, and creativity light can bring to a space. She begins each project by developing a concept and finding the meaning behind it.
“I am always searching for the emotion and sensation the final design will offer to an object, surface, shape, space, or individual,” says Paz. In her approach, she is not just creating a light show, but something that is interactive and relatable to those who experience it. She is known for developing LED solutions that combine the use of new technologies, the concern for energy efficiency, and innovative design. Clients come to her because each of her project solutions is unique.
Paz and Traxon & e:cue have collaborated on several projects throughout Peru and Brazil. In an extremely competitive market, she offers a differentiated, meaningful LED solution, always with the end user in mind.
The National Stadium in Lima, Peru has a one-of-a-kind façade. The project began as a contest held by the stadium in which designers could submit their ideas for lighting the façade. In order to stand out from other submissions, Paz realized she needed to develop an entirely unique solution. She approached Traxon & e:cue with her idea to develop something interactive, utilizing Traxon’s bright fixtures and e:cue’s control abilities. Having previously worked with Traxon’s products, Paz knew that Media Tube and Wall Washer XB would be the perfect solution, allowing the focus to be on the light and the architecture, not the source. After her idea was selected, Paz and the team successfully tackled the challenge of installing the entire solution in 100 days, finishing in time for the stadium opening.
Advanced control capabilities provide an unparalleled interactive experience by communicating the emotion inside the stadium to visitors on the outside. If a goal is scored during a football game, or the crowd is showing excitement, the lighting on the façade will reflect the emotion. This project is also unique in that it only required about 1,700 fixtures to illuminate the entire stadium façade. Traxon’s fixtures offer an energy efficient solution, which can be seen from great distances. The façade lighting not only upgrades the experience for everyone who visits the stadium, it represents the game of football to the people of Peru.
Los Libertadores Bridge
Declared an icon by the mayor of Lima, Los Libertadores Bridge serves as an important structure, connecting the people of outlying communities to downtown Lima, Peru. The mayor of Lima commissioned a number of pedestrian bridges to help improve transportation for the citizens of Lima and surrounding areas. For Los Libertadores, the mayor envisioned something colorful and unique. Inspired by the sails of a sailboat, Paz developed a solution to fit perfectly on the thin frame of the bridge. Utilizing Traxon’s Media Tube, Paz was able to line the simple shape of the bridge with fixtures that could be daisy-chained up to 50 meters. The thin fixtures were placed in front of the bridge cable, while the controls were placed in back, all held in place with a custom clip. The result is ultra bright light, with the source hidden; producing the effect as though the bridge is drawn in light.
The bridge provides a direct route for the people of the surrounding communities to easily access transportation to downtown Lima, where there has previously been no efficient route. Located in an underdeveloped region, the illuminated bridge, which signifies “liberty,” has had a considerable impact on society by bringing a sense of improvement and advancement to the citizens of Lima. The mayor was given an iPad to control the lighting, which brings color to an otherwise drab landscape. The bridge adds beauty to the area by reflecting the water of the Rimac River below with lighting, as well as providing illumination and security. Through creative lighting design, this installation demonstrates that even with a limited budget, huge impacts can be made.
Creating emotion and meaning
“Since discovering LEDs, I typically avoid using any other type of lighting in my projects, as I feel it is difficult to work with anything else,” says Paz. LEDs provide endless options and excellent controllability, allowing Paz to bring emotion and sensation to her innovative designs. She always strives to incorporate lighting into the façade’s architecture, and flexible LED fixtures make this possible. Additionally, LEDs offer reduced power consumption, extended life, and very little maintenance.
With so many options on the market, selecting LED fixtures might seem challenging. Paz offers up a bit of advice: “Quality is critical. Designers need to be selective and consider the expected life span, thermal management, and control capabilities.”