Creation worked with LW Designs for both the Burjuman and the Souk Madinat Jumeirah outlets to supply, test and commission lighting and lighting control systems. “Ensuring smooth execution on site was our prime objective as we provided a complete package that included supplying light fixtures and lighting control systems from different suppliers and manufacturers” says Mr. Patel. The designers had specified Mode Lighting for controls and LED strips from Acolyte for both projects. To enable ease of execution and a single point for all things related to lighting, we decided to make a complete package which also included products from Fulham, Soraa, Lucent, Luce & Light, and Precision Lighting for Souk Madinat Jumeirah while for Burjuman the lights are from Fulham, Forma Lighting, Lucent, Precision Lighting, Luci and Aurora.
Elaborating on the broad lighting design plan, Mr. Pillai explains “The layouts and elements, including the lighting design are similar from store-to-store but with nuances to suit each site.”
“For example, in a larger space like in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah outlet, lighting aids the narrative to explore different areas of the outlet. Through the day and night, it helps to create different moods to engage the various customer bases. During the day, the lighting design responds to the daylight-soaked restaurant, ideally suiting the sedate customer out for a quiet bowl of hot noodles. Come night-time, lighting transforms the space into a vibrant space with a lot of buzz. In all cases, the lighting hierarchy maintains the accent on the elements – the Hero wall, Show Kitchen, Duck Display, Bowls and accessories - that contribute to the signature Noodle House look.”
“Considering the daylight ingress in the Burjuman outlet is almost non-existent, the challenges were fewer. This outlet is smaller and therefore, the focus was more on maintaining the lighting accents. Overall the design is aimed to expand on its customer base. A classic F&B lighting approach was used as a model for both locations. It is a given that the customers visit Noodle House to savor the culinary delights on offer. The lighting helps establish the mood and makes the whole experience enjoyable.”
“To keep the system efficient and easy to maintain, lockable spotlights were chosen. Choice of lamps were optimised which made it easier for the store to stock spares. An array of accessories were used to achieve the various beam requirements and visual comfort. As a standard practice, we ensure all luminaires have efficient LED lamps to achieve a conservative lighting load. Additionally, lighting in the space is programmed to take advantage of the daylighting as well,” says Mr. Pillai.
Commenting on whether his concepts eventually matched reality, Mr. Pillai explains, “It is a given that in every project something unexpected pops up, because of which the desired result is compromised. Whilst the Noodle Houses had its share of such pop-ups, I think we have been able to achieve a great result with good coordination with the construction team. Lighting wise, Creation’s controls team exhibited a lot of patience to work at the subtleties in each pocket of the Souk Madinat Jumeirah outlet. A great rapport between Creation and LW Designs ensured that work was fun. Earlier on, in the design phases as well, the various teams of LW Designs worked collaboratively to ensure design discrepancies or conflicts are avoided. In a nutshell, good planning, constant and effective communication and a construction team that buys into the design intent were key to an effective realisation.”