Heavy-duty LED fittings are the secret to the façade lighting at this Abu Dhabi hospital

For outdoor lighting in Abu Dhabi, light fittings need to be able to handle heat, dust and salty air. The lighting on this hospital facade was made possible by heavy-duty fittings from UK manufacturer Designplan.

The Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi is a 300-bed hospital on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah island, designed and built by the Mubadala Development Company.  The lighting was designed by a team from Aecom, led by Lee Barker-Field, who worked with design architect HDR, project manager Jacobs and construction architect Aedas.

US-headquartered Cleveland Clinic is well known in the architectural and design community for its Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health in Santa Monica, California, which was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

The brief for the Abu Dhabi hospital was to design a similarly iconic building – with an Arabic feel. Its design takes its inspiration from the layout of ancient Middle East towns, arranged as stacked blocks, with bridges and walkways connecting them.   

The design brief for the façade was to illuminate the criss-cross steel beams – but without any of the light causing a nuisance inside the hospital.

Lighting supplier Fagerhult, and its subsidiary Designplan, worked alongside the design team creating a series of mockups before going ahead with lighting the façade.

The team chose an LED fitting from Designplan – known for its tough products, designed to withstand harsh environments where there is a risk of moisture, dust, vandalism and extremes of temperature.

The CESB100 fitting has an ingress protection rating of IP67 to keep out water and dust, and an unusually high impact resistance rating of IK16, making it one of the most durable products of its kind – ideal for a hot, dusty and salty environment like this. Its marine-grade aluminium body is protected by an anti-corrosive paint finish (in a colour specially chosen to match the building).

The CESB100 was specified in two different beam angles – some eight-degree and some 15-degree – so the light washes up the steel beam to the desired distance. The LEDs were also tilted and set deep inside the product housing to ensure there was no glare to patient rooms in the hospital.  

As well as the CESB100 fittings, 2,362 of Designplan’s Centaur blue LED light fittings were installed on the façade.

The result is a new and distinctive landmark building for Abu Dhabi. 

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