First Circle Colors MGM Macau
Rising 154 meters high on a prime waterfront property, the five-star MGM Macau is architecturally striking, but it’s the domed courtyard at its heart, the Grande Praca, that sets it apart from other world-class luxury resorts. Covered by a dramatic glass dome, the 1,088-square-meter court has a distinctive Old World feel, inspired by Portugal’s Central train station in Lisbon. MGM calls it the “soul” of the resort.
Lighting designer Matt Levesque, founder of First Circle Design, LLC in Newport, California, was tasked to improve the power efficiency, practicality, and aesthetics of the lighting system. “The ownership posed the challenge of a design using only the power already available, with enough remainder for an added theatrical lighting system during special events,” Levesque said. “All luminaire locations had to be within reach of the facility’s boom lift and the quantity of lighting positions was limited.”
Levesque selected 95 color-changing Ilumipanel 180 IP wash lights from Illuminarc to downlight and sidelight the plaza’s manicured landscape, pathways, and the building facades surrounding it. The lights are mounted on the existing skylight structure via a quick-release clamping system. The casings were painted to match the color of the architectural truss structure. This addressed “the stylistic challenge” of “providing a cohesive overall design with distinct visual identities,” Levesque said. The lights are discreet enough to allow for an uninterrupted skylight vista with minimum visual contrast during the day.
Another challenge was to secure “a lighting control system with the flexibility necessary for large live performances and festival events,” Levesque said. He used the Ilumicode Addresser to set DMX addresses, calibration levels for color corrections, and fixture personalities. Levesque programmed the lights with Pharos Architectural Control software. Powerful and bright, the Ilumipanel lights are dimmed down to 25-30% intensity.
Ilumipanel 180 IP is both an interior and exterior wash light solution, featuring full-spectrum color mixing and integrated wireless DMX512 receivers. “These luminaires have incredible output,” Levesque said. “They give an outstanding color.”