Hummingbird House - Brisbane, QLD
Hummingbird House Brisbane is far more than a building of bricks and mortar. It is a children's hospice and is fast becoming a rallying point of hope, support, rest and understanding for Queensland families living with and loving children with life-limiting conditions.
At Eagle Lighting Australia (ELA), part of our mission is to the ongoing care and protection of our planet. We place value in making a positive contribution to our community and so when we were introduced to this community project by Wood and Grieve Engineers, we were honoured to get involved in the lighting selection, design and supply of the lighting for Hummingbird House. We truly believed in this cause and were committed to doing whatever we could to ensure that budgetary constraints did not hold up the project.
The lighting design process started with a collaboration between the architects, electrical engineers and the Queensland Kids team taking part in a Creative Lab workshop with Henrik Clausen and the ELA sales team. Henrik, Director of the Fagerhult Lighting Academy, Education and Research was in Australia to deliver a range of educational seminars on light and its impact on humans, as well as facilitating over 25 Creative Lab workshops. The key objective of the workshop was to use light to create inspiring spaces for terminally ill children, where the group looked to build a lighting concept where a wide range of emotions would be at play across a number of different room types.
The lighting selection for the project featured a mixture of ELA, Fagerhult and Simes products. Some of the most notable products chosen include the Aureled Vista by ELA. Developed with healthcare environments in mind the Aureled Vista is available with various imagery designed to promote a relaxing and reassuring environment for patients. This creates a non-institutional feel putting patients at ease and making it easier to relax. The illuminated image gives the observer something to concentrate on, reducing agitation whilst undergoing medical examinations. At Hummingbird House, this product was installed in the wet area using ocean imagery, while the galaxy image was used in the sensory area.
Fagerhult’s Gaudi luminaire was installed in the family dining area to create a warm and elegant environment. The suspended luminaire was inspired by classical architectural principles and developed based on LED technology. Gaudi is one of the first of its kind and is based on a sculptural arch that defines both the room and the direction of the light.
To create a path to a private oasis and play area for the children, the Simes Moai bollard was chosen. The luminaire holds a strong personality and design. The smooth reflective surface guarantees an optimum light distribution. Its solid structure and robustness also makes it suitable for installation in urban environments.
On the 3rd of June 2016, the keys to Hummingbird House were handed over by their construction partners, Woollam Constructions. The facility is working towards a gradual safe opening through a pilot phase for family referrals and service delivery.
Hummingbird House is relying on our support to continue their dream of operating a world-class children's hospice. To donate or take part in the Hummingbird House gift registry please visit http://hummingbirdhouse.org.au/home/donate/
o Diva II
Eagle Lighting Australia (QLD)
Ph: 0428 811 680