Talks started about the lighting of the Silverstar Casino in late 2006 with Howard Dembo of Northpoint Architects. Howard had given his brief to Paul Pamboukian, leading lighting designer and owner, of PPA, for the overall appearance and theme for the exterior lighting for casino. Using Howard's inspiration for the satellites on the casino roof from the Ndebele Hat, Paul designed the post tops and boardwalk fittings to reflect this as well.
Regent Lighting manufactured the lights as specified by Paul. The post tops are made of laser cut mild steel on 3.8m (mounting height) aluminium poles powdercoated metallic light grey. Lamps used are 150W metal halide HCI G12 warm daylight.
Howard really liked the Tower Lights designed and manufactured by Regent Lighting and decided to design light sculptures around these for the entrance to the casino. He came to Regent with his idea to see if they were able to produce something of this nature and Regent agreed to give it a go.
Using 3D CAD the sculpture was developed virtually, engaging with the architects constantly to show them what the finished product would look like.
The go ahead was given to Regent to put a mock up together and then the actual thing.
The total height of the sculptures, including the Tower Light encased inside, is 5.053m by 1.4m wide comprising of a curved outer shield of brushed stainless steel on a mild steel inner frame.
There are four of these sculptures.
As this was a first for Regent the challenges were vast, not least was keeping external service providers on track to delivery deadline and at the last minute jumping in to actually install the fittings, something that is usually left to the electrical contractor, who in this case was completely unprepared for the complexity of this particular installation. With the opening looming large, the rain not staying away Regent rallied its staff to the rescue and erected the sculptures in record time. The only exterior lights burning bright at the press opening were those supplied by Regent!