New lighting design sets off Auckland Transport offices in the former Vodafone building

When it came to upgrading the lighting for the Auckland Transport offices in the VXV20 building, Aesthetics Lighting Solutions provided a precision, local response

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When Auckland Transport moved to the VXV20 building – previously the Vodafone building – local firm Agile Engineering Consultants designed the new lighting systems while Aesthetics Lighting Solutions delivered the customised products. These were then installed by Team Cabling.

When Auckland Transport leased the former Vodafone building from developer Goodman Property it was refurbished for the organisation’s nine-year lease, and that included a new lighting design.

The 14,085m² Auckland CBD building, renamed VXV20 and noted for its sweeping, curved glass facade, is on the corner of Fanshawe and Halsey Streets in the Wynyard precinct.

Agile Engineering Consultants undertook the lighting design for the upgrade, while Aesthetics Lighting Solutions – the project division of Gerard Lighting – supplied the lights and light accessories. Electrical contractor Team Cabling then tackled the installation.

Emmet McAteer, lighting consultant at Aesthetics Lighting Solutions, says some tricky solutions were required for the fit-out, and that local customisation produced the required results.

“The ceiling grid in the VXV20 building is laid in an infrequently used 1350mm x 1350mm format, which comprises three 450mm x 1350mm tiles,” says McAteer. 


“The main light fittings were required to sit in the centre of these three tiles, with the only connection to the T-rail being at the ends of the fitting, with nothing down the side."

“However, standard recessed lighting modules are typically 1200mm x 300mm, which suit most regular ceiling grid sizes but wouldn’t have worked here. Instead, we utilised our own Pierlite GenLed One Module and at the same time custom-made a frame here in New Zealand for the light to sit in, so it would work with the unusual grid requirements.”

The Pierlite GenLed One Module was ideal for architecture, ceiling, daylighting, daytime, line, gray, black
The Pierlite GenLed One Module was ideal for the fit-out of Auckland Transport’s new offices in the VXV20 building as it suited the infrequently used ceiling grid format in the building.

This frame was punched from one piece of metal, so there are no folds or welds at the corners.

Aesthetics Lighting Solutions first developed the PierlIte GenLed for the International Towers Barangaroo project on the Sydney waterfront and the fixture won the award of Excellence at the International Lighting Design Awards in 2016.

Downlights were another part of the AT project requirements and, again, a local solution delivered.

The New Zealand-designed and assembled Aesthetics interchangeable Turama range was used extensively. These downlights were specifically designed in New Zealand to allow for LED modules, reflectors, drivers and accessories to be mixed and matched to achieve the right lighting performance for every situation.

“In a day and age where it is easy to import large volumes of standard-configuration fittings relatively inexpensively, it is rare to have a local company capable of customising solutions accurately, quickly, and also cost effectively,” says McAteer.

Aesthetics Lighting Solutions services the whole New Zealand market, with team members based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The company boasts a strong environmental and corporate social awarenes

The Pierlite GenLed One Module designed by Aesthetics ceiling, daylighting, structure, gray
The Pierlite GenLed One Module designed by Aesthetics Lighting Solutions was used in the Auckland Transport’s new offices in the VXV20 building.

s and is invested in providing environmentally sustainable and energy efficient lighting solutions. As a result, Aesthetic Lighting is able to offer highly technical lighting control solutions to maximise energy efficiency, and return on client investment.

As well as supplying office lighting, Aesthetics Lighting provides highly efficient luminaire systems for retail, hospitality, industrial, sports, and roadway projects, together with decorative and architectural systems for domestic and interior design lighting.

High-profile projects utlising products from Aesthetics Lighting include The Cloud, the Australis & Nathan buildings, North West Shopping Centre, ASB North Wharf, and the Datacom building – all in Auckland. Other high-profile sites in New Zealand using the Pierlite GenLed fixture are 82 Wyndham Street and Commercial Bay Tower, currently under construction.

Parent company Gerard Lighting carries several local and international brands, including Pierlite, Sylvania, Austube, SIDE and Diginet.

For more information on commercial lighting specialists Aesthetics Lighting Solutions, phone: 0508 743 757, email: enquiries@aesthetics.co.nz, or alternatively head online: www.aesthetics.co.nz

Jul 16, 2018
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