The intention of the Perth Stadium lighting design was to articulate the architecture and allow the stadium itself to become part of the events; we wanted the stadium to have a unified visual expression – the video, lights and sports lights all sync to serve the moment. So, when the Dockers play or a goal is scored, the different elements within the whole stadium can be themed to communicate that moment.
We designed three different lighting systems for Perth Stadium; the façade lighting that sweeps around the entire building, 1.4 km of RGBW lights embedded into the façade of the structure ; the arbour, which is an outside covering for a 500m long pedestrian walkway of 42 separate arches; the roof lights, known as ‘the halo’, which are 650 Philips Colour Reaches that illuminate the small and large ETFE panels. We separated the segments with light to allow us to move the light around the stadium as shown in the demonstration.
When we were asked last week to do the demo, we incorporated these three designs and added in video elements (the super screens at each end and the 2 ribbon screens). We also added the Phillips LED sports lights, which were to mapped all of those surfaces with a single video signal. We synced the Daktronics players with audio, and then, drawing on my long experience in rock and roll, we created content and cut to ACDC ‘Thunderstruck’, at the clients request.
We essentially integrated all of the disparate visual systems into one system to create this unified visual expression.
Of course, a fantastic end result such as this stadium, which really heralds a new way forward for integrated lighting of sports stadia, takes a lot of high calibre people to get it across the line. Neil Merritt and Adam Gregory from Multiplex led the team, and Philips provided all of the sports lights and functional lights. Rick Cale, Paul Good and their team at Xenian supplied the creative lighting, and it was all installed by Nilsen, headed by Michael Close and Chris Piortrowski. The screens were supplied by Daktronics and the audio by Rutledge. The Ramus studio team with lighting design and project support in Melbourne and designer Pablo Tochez Anderson and programmer David Hayes of iion, worked the night shifts programming in Perth with me to get this amazing result and we look forward to the stadium opening in January 2018.