Templo Birkat Itzjak, Mexico

Templo Birkat Itzjak, Mexico

PLACES: Best Interior Lighting Scheme – High Budget

Templo Birkat Itzjak

Mexico City, Mexico

Lighting Design:
artec3 Studio, Mexico

Comunidad Maguén David

Cherem Arquitectos, Mexico

Main Lighting Suppliers:
iGuzzini, halla, LED Linear,
L&L Luce&Light, Italli

The lighting concept for the Marina Temple aims to achieve a contemporary look and a high visual comfort for the pray and study of the Torah, without losing the essence of tradition, respect and liturgy that must be perceived in these religious buildings. The architectural materials are wood and stones of warm colors.

Five light typologies lit the Temple in its different areas:
1. Functional light on the horizontal plane for both reading/studying and common areas, each area with its appropriate lighting levels. In most cases, groups of 2w LED luminaires were placed embedded in the false wooden ceiling. These luminaires, of very low luminance, had an opening angle of 32-degrees or 48-degrees depending on the height of the space. Additionally, a hanging typology was used in the central area and the Rabbi’s position to provide accent and add an aesthetic value (as an object).

2. Indirect lighting of the ceiling wooden slats in aisle spaces to enhance the material as well as to obtain the minimum levels for the safe transit of people. For this purpose, LED strips of warm colour temperature were hidden in the wooden beams.

3. Interior lighting of the façade slats and the staircase. To generate a subtle effect at the bottom of the stairs, LED spotlights were integrated inside or between the wooden slats.

4. In the Main Hall flush light in the upper areas reserved for women was used to preserve their privacy from the men’s pray area below. To achieve this ambience of privacy but at the same time to allow women to see the Rabbi in the lower level, a steel mesh incorporated into a glass, which also acts as the border of the area, was illuminated with flush light to produce the appropriate contrast. In this way women had a good visualisation from the upper area towards the Rabbi, but not the other way around. This effect was achieved with warm led strips integrated in the mesh using linear optics of 30-degrees.

5. Flush light in the upper areas reserved for women (Main Hall mezzanine) to preserve their privacy. A light solution was integrated in a steel mesh incorporated into glass to allow a good visualisation from the upper area towards the Rabbi, but preventing the vision from the men’s pray area below. Warm LED strips integrated in the mesh with linear optics of 30-degrees were used to create this effect.

The Temple is lit with 3000k LED luminaires with high IRC to provide a warm colour temperature throughout the space. A lighting control system was incorporated to select the appropriate scene for each situation.