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Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) New York

December 28, 2021

Office for Visual Interaction Profile

Location: New York City, NY, USA

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh:
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh interior lighting design
photo : Roland Halbe

OVI Profile – Office for Visual Interaction

At Office for Visual Interaction (OVI), we are more than lighting designers–we are philosophers, storytellers and tailors who identify the essence of a project and craft our designs into vivid architectural icons. Our mission is to design and produce legacy-worthy masterpieces that radiate not just with light, but with rich narratives that thoroughly understand a project’s position in society and time. We see light as more than a tool; its interaction with surfaces and materials tells an emotional tale, providing depth and structure to a space. Every project is a new opportunity to communicate an idea.

The New York Times Building, NYC, USA:
The New York Times Building lighting by Office for Visual Interaction
photo © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

We seek to nurture and further the union of daylight and design. We believe the sensations that lighting stirs are inseparable from the space itself; it is as elemental to architecture as glasswork. We absorb location-specific details, exacting technical specifications, textured facades–every factor and concept that forms the complete project–in order to divine the essence of the overall vision.

KAPSARC – King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
KAPSARC King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction
photo : HG Esch

In both breadth and scope, OVI’s portfolio is vast and inclusive, comprising intimate, humble installations and iconic, larger than life works–each approached with equal passion and humanity. Our designs and products discover and emphasize stories as dynamically composed visual soundtracks that underscore and invigorate architectural masterpieces. The stories that shape our work advance the industry while honoring and echoing the ideas of the past, memorializing and progressing the quintessence of a place, a people, an era.

KAPSARC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
KAPSARC King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre building
photo : HG Esch

As architectural lighting designers we extract, refine and strengthen the design making any location exceptional. With bold thinking and hidden logic, we provide one-of-a-kind concept and lighting ideation, daylight analysis, photometric calculations, drawings, specifications and luminaire schedules. Our integrated design solutions and detailed coordination provide a sophisticated aesthetic, creating an iconic, emotional, and holistic expression of light.

The Scottish Parliament building:
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh interior stairs lighting design
photo : Roland Halbe

OVI was founded in 1997 by Jean Sundin and Enrique Peiniger and is based in New York City.

Key Lighting Designs by Office for Visual Interaction

The interior lighting is a significant supporting design element of this flagship store. A customized lighting solution will enhance the visitor experience via a daylight assist system, accentuating the connection between exterior and interior as well as providing specifically targeted light to the interior trees and product tables.

Each element of the store shall receive the appropriate illumination supporting its concept. Spot lights on the trees will create dappled light at the Grove and around the Cube daylight assist at the stretched fabric ceiling will provide ambient light whilst relating to natural light entering the space from above, focused light from spot lights within the illuminated rings will emphasize products on display tables, similar to the accessories highlighted at the Avenues.

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
2008

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center EMPAC, NY, USA by Office for Visual Interaction (OVI)
photograph : Paúl Rivera

Positioned on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) builds on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s heritage of technological leadership.

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center EMPAC building USA
photo : Paúl Rivera

Rensselaer’s research groups include the Lighting Research Center, a nexus of independent expertise on the latest LED lighting research. Inspired by the institute’s spirit of innovation, the new facility is illuminated with state-of-the-art technology.

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center interior lighting design
photo : Paúl Rivera

KAPSARC – King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2017

KAPSARC King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre Riyadh
image : OVI

From competition entry to reality, this multi-building campus is a 3-dimensional, parametric sculpture located in Riyadh. Envisioned as a modern crystal in the desert, lighting creates the central focal point of the project’s nighttime identity, glowing and softly radiating throughout the site.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre Riyadh
photo : HG Esch

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre Riyadh lighting design
photo : HG Esch

The site is a virtual micro-city, exceeding 500,000 m2 characterized by its innovative design, featuring a series of interlocking, cellular structures that include an Office Building, Conference Center, Library, IT Center and Place of Worship, as well as shaded outdoor spaces, courtyards and gardens, woven together by an open-air central plaza.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre Riyadh lighting design KSA
photo : HG Esch

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre Riyadh lighting design Saudi Arabia
photo : HG Esch

KAPSARC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects – ZHA
Saudi Arabia Architecture News KAPSARC
photo : Hufton+Crow
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre

New York City Streetlight, NY, USA
2013

New York LED Streetlight, Warren Street, between Church and Broadway, Downtown, Manhattan – October, Design: OVI INC, manufactured by LUMEC, PHILIPS:
New York City Streetlight
photograph © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

Making its Manhattan debut in 2013, the revolutionary LED streetlight for New York City is being officially implemented throughout the metropolitan area.

New York City Streetlight design by Office for Visual Interaction
photo © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

Conceived as a one-to-one replacement for the ubiquitous 250-watt high-pressure sodium Cobra Head, introduced over fifty years ago, the highly-anticipated LED streetlight is now the new standard in the Department of Transportation’s street-lighting catalogue.

New York City Streetlight design USA by Office for Visual Interaction
photo © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas, USA
2012

Perot Museum of Nature & Science Dallas building lighting design by OVI Office for Visual Interaction
photograph : Iwan Baan

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, conceived as an immersive, curiosity-stimulating environment, resides in Victory Park within the heart of the Arts District in uptown Dallas.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science Dallas lighting design by OVI
photo : Iwan Baan

The lighting design, by Office for Visual Interaction, reinforces the overall themes of the project, emphasizing the dynamic juxtaposition between the natural and man-made environments and the exploration of unexpected spatial relationships.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science Dallas lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction
photo : Iwan Baan

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The New York Times Building, NY, USA
2008

The New York Times Building facade lighting design
photograph © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

Acclaimed as the most significant addition to the Manhattan skyline in decades, The New York Times Building officially opened its doors on November 19th, 2007, with the final lighting installation completed in the fall of 2008.

The New York Times Building lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction
photo © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

Conceived by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the glass and steel skyscraper is draped with a lace-like screen of thin ceramic tubes, creating an airy façade that reflects subtle changes in natural light throughout the day.

The New York Times Building interior ighting design by OVI
photo © Frieder Blickle/laif: www.laif.de

The New York Times Building

The Rookery, 209 S LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60604, United States
2011

The Rookery, 209 S LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL, United States
photograph : Adam Daniels

Completed in 1888, The Rookery is one of the greatest surviving examples of early commercial skyscrapers.

The Rookery Chicago building lighting design by OVI
photo : OVI

For over a century, the building’s distinctive dark red masonry facades have been unlit, making it visually “disappear” at night.

The Rookery Chicago building USA lighting design by OVI
photo : Adam Daniels

Now, lighting softly activates the intricate masonry carving, creating a subtle presence of brightness, shadow, and contrast that renders the building visible without overpowering it with light.

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2004

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh building lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction
photo : Thomas Mayer

Prominently situated at the endpoint of the city’s Royal Mile, the Scottish Parliament extends Holyrood National Park and adjoins Holyrood Palace—the official Edinburgh residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Scottish Parliament building lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction (OVI)
photo : Arcblue online picture library © Keith Hunter / arcblue.com

A coherent lighting masterplan unifies the nighttime appearance of the Parliament’s various buildings, while customized lighting solutions blend with its lively architecture.

The Scottish Parliament building lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) The Scottish Parliament building lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction OVI
photos : Roland Halbe

United States Air Force Memorial, 1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22204, United States of America
2006

United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA, USA
photograph : Thomas Mayer

Situated on a promontory overlooking the Pentagon, the United States Air Force Memorial takes its place in the ranks of the capital city’s key monuments. Lighting is an essential aspect of establishing the nighttime identity of each of these structures.

United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, lighting design by Office for Visual Interaction (OVI)
photo : Thomas Mayer

At the Air Force Memorial, three stainless-steel spires evoke the precision and weightlessness of flight. Illuminated with a variation in intensity, the sweeping curves of the arcs are accentuated, and their tips brilliantly lit. Illumination appears to emanate from within the monument itself, caressing the slender forms and bursting into the night sky.

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Design: architects Esther Sperber and Hila Stern
SAR Academy, Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School in Bronx
image courtesy of architecture studio
SAR Academy, Orthodox Jewish Day School

277 Fifth Avenue, NoMad, NYC
Architects: Rafael Viñoly
277 Fifth Avenue Luxury Condos NoMad New York City
rendering : THREE MARKS
277 Fifth Avenue Building

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