Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History, Architecture Development, Gatineau Lighting Design, Images

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau

Lighting Design, Installation + Public art, Québec, Canada – design by Lightemotion

11 Dec 2017

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Design: Lightemotion

Location: Hull, Gatineau, Québec, Canada

Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

After two years of work, Lightemotion, for GSM Project, has added another noteworthy project to its list with the lighting design for Gatineau’s Canadian Museum of History.

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

For Lightemotion’s President, François Roupinian, designing the lighting for this type of museum is an exciting challenge: “The light should act as a magic wand, directing the viewer’s attention to key areas.”

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Through a skillful combination of museum and architectural lighting, Lightemotion has highlighted the work of architect Douglas Cardinal while showcasing the museum’s history.

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

The project’s success is in the details
To accomplish such a feat with a maximum spectrum of effects, the team used over 40 kinds of light fixtures. From theatrical floodlights to gobo projectors and miniature LED heads for subtly illuminating even the smallest details of the displays, all equipment used was carefully studied and adjusted in order to create a unique path of light.
 
Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

According to François Roupinian, “Flexibility is important for creating the right lighting.” Nothing was left to chance, with features including interchangeable lenses, zoom, anti-glare accessories, an integrated potentiometer to adjust the lighting level for conservation needs and ambience, and the option to add colour filters. For this purpose, the lighting manufacturers were chosen with particular care so that a wide range of choices would be available to ensure colour consistency.

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

A technical challenge
Beyond the myriad of fixtures required, this type of project comes with its own set of challenges! The first is using LED technology to recreate the warmth and subtlety of halogen, as LEDs are often too bright for the more subtle needs of a museum. Another important element to take into account was that certain fragile artifacts are sensitive to heat. When fine-tuning the lighting, Lightemotion worked closely with the museum’s conservation team to provide consistent and suitable lighting, carrying out tests that included thermal models to ensure optimal conservation conditions for the artifacts.

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

The dome as the museum’s unifying element
The Canadian Museum of History’s emblematic dome acts as a visual reference point throughout most of the museum pathway. As the dome is an immense structure where it is impossible to install lighting, the team had to use a special approach: “We wanted to use this constraint as an advantage. That’s where we got the idea to use the dome to create light with indirect lighting. We wanted to make it the centrepiece of the museum’s ecosystem”. After many colour tests, the team was able to create their desired effect: a timeless tone for a comfortable atmosphere where visitors feel as if they have stepped into the museum’s very own world.
 
Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

As explained by François Roupinian, “The light ultimately needs to tell a story. The visitors shouldn’t have to be aware of the technical feats behind the scenes. The lighting should create a complete sensory experience!” 

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

About Lightemotion
Lightemotion is a lighting design consultant with offices in Montreal and Toronto and award-winning local and international projects. The firm sets itself apart with a multidisciplinary team and an innovative design driven approach. The primary focus: to support clients in achieving the design intent of their projects. Lightemotion’s project portfolio spans across many diverse project types from cultural, hospitality, retail, corporate, government, transportation and academic to landscape and master planning.

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History

Photography: Gordon King

Illuminations of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau images / information received 111217

Address: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8, Canada

Location: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8, Canada

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