I believe many of you knew with the quote from Sir Richard Branson:
If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later! Somehow this quote is very encouraged people that worry about the related future or someone who afraid to leave the comfort zone. But since the future is something that we cannot predict, there is only one way related to the opportunity; just take it or just leave it. There is no try in between. Do or Do not, there is no try (Master Yoda).
I still remember the day when I had interviewed with my former manager Pak Bayu Ade Pramudia and also Pak Han Ichsan before I am joining with Philips Lighting as a member of the Lighting Design and Application Center (LiDAC) around May 2007. They knew from my resume and dialogue during the interview that I had no experience at all related to lighting. I said to them that I will put more effort to learn how to do it. And somehow, they put trust in me that I can learn how to do the Lighting Design and Application. And the rest of the story, you may read from the text captions from each project that displayed here.
After some years and some job positions assigned to me, I think it is time for me to move to a new chapter and say “see you” to façade lighting or project lighting. I am trying to avoid using “goodbye” since I cannot predict the future. I mean, maybe someday I will collaborate again to create façade lighting projects or collaborate with lighting consultants or brands to create projects, or back again with architectural lighting brand, or else. The opportunities are wide open out there. That is why, for now, I am preferring to use “see you” than “goodbye” to architectural façade lighting projects.
With this article, I would like to say
THANK YOU to all stakeholders that make these projects happened. Thank you and highly appreciation to the Color Kinetics team in APAC & Burlington (MA, USA) for support and collaboration. To my dear colleagues at PT. Philips Indonesia (now PT. Signify Commercial Indonesia), especially the Professional Lighting team, Supply Chain team, Quality team and Management team: I count myself lucky to work in an office with such caring employees. Thanks for being some of the most interesting people I’ve ever worked with. You all are the best. You are not just my colleague at work but also my best friend. I appreciate your time, support, and cooperation. Just because I’m leaving this job doesn’t mean this friendship needs to end. I can’t wait to get together for dinner or coffee and catch up.
To VAP Partners who had to collaborate with me (in company alphabetical order): Ronald Sulistyo and the team from PT. Chayolite (
https://chayolite.com), Han Ichsan, and Rafi Yudiansyah and the team from PT. Mandala Putera Prima ( https://mandalapp.com), Suko Purwosunu, and the team from PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri ( https://sinergicitrakarsamandiri.com ), I send my high appreciation and thank you very much to all of you.
I would like to use this article as a media to share some insights behind the Top 20 Architectural Façade Lighting projects that installed with Philips Lighting solution (including Color Kinetics and Vaya solution) and I am taking apart & involved in the projects (with various job functions). You also may find the other project references on other articles in this website. These lighting projects below mean a lot to me, personally and I would like to share it with you.
In the end, people will see what you have done or what work that you involved in, not from the company that you came from. Because what you do is your legacy. What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.
If I may recall, this is the first project that brings big pressure to me as a newbie in the lighting industry. But, luckily, I got full support by my boss Pak Bayu Ade Pramudia and Philips Professional Lighting management. Back in 2008, the Consultant and the Owner set the high standard to light up the façade of Bank Mandiri Plaza, since it represents the Bank Mandiri brand identity and located in the center of the business district of Jakarta. Using the custom white color of Philips LED Strip to highlight the windows at the top of the building (as a representation of Bank Mandiri gold color) combine with blue color on the roof. (Façade Lighting Plaza Mandiri Jakarta, Consultant: BD+A Design Jakarta, Philips Project Dealer: PT. Sahabat Abadi Sejahtera Jakarta, 2008, Main products: Philips LED Strip II. Images from @arisdn)
My first big project for Architectural Lighting. Big for the size of the infrastructure, big in quantity, and big in pressure. The first project using many brand new ColorReach Powercore that was just launched in 2009. With a tight deadline and learning by doing method, finally, we can finish the installation on December 31, 2009, and light up on January 1st, 2010. In this Suramadu Bridge project, we applied 124pcs of ColorReach Powercore and 764pcs of ColorBlast Powercore and fiber-optic connection. You may read the story here: https://www.colorkinetics.com/global/showcase/suramadu-bridge (Architectural Lighting Jembatan Suramadu Jakarta, Lighting Consultant: Joyce Sandra, Philips Project Dealer: PT. Sarana Dwi Makmur Surabaya & PT. Sinergi Prima Inti Jakarta, 2009, Main products: Philips Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore, ColorBlast Powercore. Images from @arisdn)
As a Business Development Manager, I have to take care not only technical aspects (as previously done when I am in LiDAC team) but also learn a lot about non-technical, commercial, supply chain, and also after-sales services. This job assignment is important to me because it allowed me to learn about business and commercial also enrich my competencies. (Business Development Manager for Solar LED Road Lighting, 20011-2013, Main products: Philips Solar LED Road Lighting. Images from @arisdn)
This monument is not only the symbol of Jakarta city but also the icon of Indonesia. And because of this, Signify Indonesia feels honored when got the trust to light up this iconic landmark using Color Kinetics solution. We are combining the ColorReach Powercore to highlight the body of Monumen Nasional (or known as Monas) and iW Reach Compact Powercore to highlight the crown. The crown itself is the symbol of fire and to make it grandeur and glow at the noon, it coated with gold. That’s why, this crown is a restricted area, need a special permit to access it. To have this access to the crown area, perhaps it’s my priceless experience in a lifetime and I will not forget the feel to touch the gold plated crown on the top of Monas. (Architectural Lighting Monumen Nasional Jakarta, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri, 2012+2016, Main products: Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore, iW Reach Compact Powercore)
The lighting project at Tugu Selamat Datang (or better known as the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout or Roundabout HI) is a project that puts a lot of pressure on the process. Besides being in a well-known location, this Tugu Selamat Datang will later become the center of the Kota Terang Hemat Energi event. Fortunately, the SCKM Partner as a technical supporter did his job very well and everything was able to go according to plan and received a positive response from the community. (Architectural Lighting Bundaran Tugu Selamat Datang Jakarta, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri, 2014, Main products: Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore, ColorBlast Powercore. Images from @arisdn)
The lighting concept of the facade lighting in the main building of the South Quarter office complex uses tunable white so that it can be controlled and programmed as needed. The Consultant and Owner also do not want facade lighting using colorful lights. With experience and capability in various Architectural Lighting projects, Chayolite as VAP Partner of Signify can realize the lighting concept of the consultant and owner of this project. (Facade Lighting South Quarter Office Building Jakarta, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Chayolite, 2016, Main products: Color Kinetics iW Burst Powercore. Images from Instagram @chayolite)
As the 2nd largest city in Indonesia, the rapid development of this city is truly amazing. And it requires the developers to create the infrastructure to support city dynamic activities. Tunjungan Plaza 5 is the biggest shopping mall build in the city center. As the mixed-use building and look tall compare to others, the developers of Tunjungan Plaza 5 want that façade lighting can create beautify at night. The combination of Color Kinetics ArchiPoint Powercore and ColorGraze Powercore can help this building looks amazing at night and visible from long distances. (Facade Lighting Tunjungan Plaza 5 Surabaya, Lighting Consultant: Litac Consultant, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Chayolite, 2016, Main products: Color Kinetics ArchiPoint Powercore, ColorGraze Powercore. Images from Instagram @chayolite)
The Pantai Indah Kapuk Avenue shopping mall facade lighting project can be realized with good collaboration between Signify, Chayolite (as VAP Partner), Litac Consultant using iColor Flex LMX Gen2 solution from Color Kinetics. This project also attracted the attention of the Marketing Communication team from Signify Global, so they sent a special team from France to document the project as well as an exclusive interview with Paul Gunawan, principal of Litac Consultant. Complete information can be checked on YouTube: Promoting The Space with Paul Gunawan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zChdHQiQFSU (Architectural Lighting PIK Avenue Jakarta, Lighting Consultant: Litac Consultant, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Chayolite, 2017, Main products: Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX Gen2. Images from Instagram @chayolite)
The pressure of this project is enormous. First is a very limited delivery time. Second, the Owner requires that the iColor Flex LMX gen2 to be used is full custom (material color, cable length, the different distance between lights). However, with good coordination between divisions in the internal Signify (specifically the Color Kinetics production team), we can meet the expectations of the Consultants, Owners, and Contractors, so that it is turned on when needed. More than 15,000 nodes are connected to the Controller system and each node can be controlled independently. You may check the detail information here: https://arisdn.com/2017/10/01/decorative-lighting-semanggi-bridge/ ) (Architectural Lighting Bundaran Semanggi Jakarta, Philips Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima Jakarta, 2017, Main products: Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX Gen2 custom. Images from @arisdn)
Hearing the concept from the Owner who wishes to create a Wonder Garden in the area behind the AEON Jakarta Garden City shopping mall, we were challenged and excited to make it happen. Parks with LED lights that each point can be controlled independently to realize the concept of 4 seasons like in Japan at the request of the Consultant. The installation can be completed neatly and around 14,500 iColor Flex MX gen2 light points are connected to the Light System Engine controller system. As far as we know, this is a digital LED garden and independently programmable in Indonesia, maybe even in Asia. You may check the detail information here: https://arisdn.com/2017/10/14/dynamic-illumination-carpet-with-light/ (Wonder Garden AEON Jakarta Garden City, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Chayolite, 2017, Main products: Color Kinetics iColor Flex MX Gen2 custom. Images from @arisdn)
Physically, the structure of this bridge is similar to other bridges in Indonesia. Located in the suburbs of Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands. However, this bridge is special to us, because on this bridge, Signify Indonesia implementing the first remote controlling and management using ActiveSite technology from Signify. The remote controlling system that relies on internet connections and cloud systems, so it is safe and can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. Here is the documentation for this project: https://arisdn.com/2017/12/16/the-first-activesite-for-sei-carang-bridge/ (Architectural Lighting Jembatan Sei Carang Tanjung Pinang, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri, 2017, Main products: Color Kinetics ColorGraze Powercore, ColorBlast Powercore. Images @arisdn)
It is a valuable opportunity if we get the trust to work on lighting for places of worship. And this time is the biggest mosque in Nusa Tenggara Barat, it is also an Islamic Center in that area. This time, the Lighting Consultant, Agust Danang Ismoyo collaborates with our VAP Partner, SCKM, to propose a solution for the façade lighting. Using Vaya Solution, we came up with a powerful and affordable lighting solution and helping the Owner of this mosque to be ready for National events and everyday activities inside this Islamic Center. (Architectural Lighting Islamic Center Mataram, NTB. Lighting Consultant: Agust Danang Ismoyo, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri, 208, Main products: Vaya Flood MP RGB. Images from SCKM team)
As the host of the 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia wants to perform optimally in preparing for the venue for the match. Including the legend of the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta. By doing major renovations, including the lighting, making the GBK Stadium look better by using facade lighting. Thousands of Color Kinetics & Vaya Solution lighting addresses are connected to the controller system and give a new meaning to Light Beyond Illumination. To find out more about the lighting at GBK Stadium, please click on the following link: https://arisdn.com/2018/02/11/gbk-main-stadium-jakarta-facade-lighting/ (Architectural Lighting Stadion Gelora Bung Karno Jakarta, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima, 2017, Main products: Vaya Tube RGB, Vaya Flood, Color Kinetics ArchiPoint RGB, Vaya Linear RGB. Images from various sources and @arisdn)
If most of the current Architectural Lighting projects happened on Java Island, this project is very special for me. It located in the East part of Indonesia, in Papua Island. This bridge not only connecting the area and helping people to commute but also symbolized the connection and unity of Indonesia. Even the HH of the President of Republic Indonesia himself that inaugurated this bridge. It makes me feel complete because the architectural lighting projects that I am involved with have spanned from the west part to the east part of Indonesia, or in Bahasa Indonesia idiom known as “Dari Sabang Sampai Merauke”. (Architectural Lighting Jembatan Holtekamp Papua, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima, 2018, Main products: Vaya Flood RGB. Images from MPP team)
Why this project special for me? Because it applied the concept of “Light Beyond Illumination” long before this concept was introduced by Philips Lighting around 2016. This gate was created as the result of the architecture/design competition in 2008 and the winner is the architect Ridwan Kamil (now he is a Governor of West Java Province). The concept is to create a virtual gate at the sky using light. Then in 2010, as the winner of the design competition, this concept was realized using Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore. And the renovation of the Gerbang Kemayoran happened in 2018. (Architectural Lighting Gerbang Kemayoran, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima, 2018, Main products: Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore. Images from Instagram @mandalapp_lighting)
As the reputable global player in Lighting Solution, Signify has may option to choose related the solution that will fit with customer needs. Talking about architectural lighting, Signify has options for Color Kinetics, Vaya, and UNI. And this Pesona Square shopping mall in Depok has to maximize its resources to get the maximum impact from special lighting. Signify and MPP as VAP Partner come and propose to use Vaya and UNI as the lighting solution. Not only applied for the exterior but also the interior. (Architectural Lighting Pesona Square Depok, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima, 2018, Main products: Vaya Cove RGB, UNI Dots RGB. Images from @arisdn)
The first concept we propose is the concept of flexible lighting scenes and programming with RGB lighting. But on its way, this concept was canceled due to budget constraints. However, we still provide ideas and solutions so that this bridge still looks good at night despite using white lights. Lighting solutions using UNI Solutions from Signify are the answer to the need for quality but affordable lighting solutions. (Architectural Lighting Jembatan Kalikuto, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri, 2019, Main products: UNI Flood, UNI Strip. Images from SCKM team)
While most bridge decorative lights rely on floodlights to illuminate the structure of the bridge, we try to find alternative solutions. Because at the Palembang Musi VI bridge using a vertical stay cable as structural strength, we propose the idea to make this area a digital canvas by using dot LED lights as independent pixels. Using the iColor Accent Compact as a pixel and combined with several floodlights, this Musi VI bridge is a new icon in the city of Palembang. And it seems no exaggeration if we make the claim that this is the first bridge in Indonesia (and maybe Asia) that can become a media facade by using LED lights as pixels for interaction and communication media. Here is the link of documentation in YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDKslWefwg (Architectural Lighting Jembatan Musi VI Palembang, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Sinergi Citra Karsa Mandiri, 2018, Main products: Color Kinetics iColor Accent Compact, ColorGraze Powercore, ColorBlast Powercore. Images from SCKM team)
As a city that is growing and developing rapidly, the need for infrastructure in the form of a decent airport is a must. New Yogyakarta International Airport is designed with unique and distinctive ornaments of local culture, including batik motifs. To give the impression of a dynamic, welcoming, calm for passengers or airport users, Vaya Cove RGB was chosen to provide a relaxing or festive mood at the airport. Exposure to Kawung batik motifs on the roof with light using Vaya Cove RGB solution gives a different and distinctive look compared to other airports. (Architectural Lighting New Yogyakarta International Airport, Lighting Consultant: Agust Danang Ismoyo and Beno Salinas. Signify VAP Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima, 2018, Main products: Vaya Cove RGB. Images from Instagram @danangism)
This Jatidiri stadium is the pride of the people of Semarang and also in Central Java. And to adapt to current needs as a modern stadium, the Local Government decide to make total renovation and doing so many upgrades to make this stadium to be the best. Including doing the upgrade for the pitch lighting and also architectural lighting. For the façade lighting, our VAP Partner proposes to use Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX Gen2 custom and combine with Vaya Tube to be installed and controlled. As a result, these dots lightings become pixels around the skin of the stadium and finally can create a media façade for this stadium. (Facade Lighting Stadion Jatidiri Semarang, Signify VAP Partner: PT. Mandala Putera Prima, 2019, Main products: Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX Gen2 custom and Vaya Tube RGB. Images from Instagram @mandalapp_lighting)