Azerbaijan – A crown of sparkling lights at Baku 2015 1st European Games

- Held in Baku last June, the 2015 European Games gathered in the Azerbaijan capital city over 6,000 athletes from 50 countries

- Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex was one of the locations of the games

- A crown of sparkling lights developed by GRIVEN lighting designers illuminated the exterior of the arena

Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan

Castel Goffredo (IT), 16. July 2015

Held in Baku last June, the 2015 European Games gathered in the Azerbaijan capital city over 6,000 athletes from 50 countries competing in 30 sports, including 16 Olympic disciplines. Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex was one of the four city cluster locations chosen to house this edition of the games. Since its opening in 1990, the arena has hosted around 40 international competitions of different kinds of sport, while during the European games the arena has been used for all the judo, sambo and wrestling competitions.

The arena facilities had to be radically reorganized for the European Games and a new crown-shaped outer cover was developed in order to completely renovate its exterior look. Wrapping it up in a decorative, eye-catching sort of canopy sparkling with thousands of lights, this huge crown is made up of a metal skeleton that forms a recurring rhombus grid covered with a thick-woven plastic mesh which conveys a uniform, elegant appearance to the whole structure.

GRIVEN lighting designers have been working on this project since the very beginning of the construction, in order to allow the installation of the chosen lighting fixtures before the arena outer cover should be finished. Custom metal brackets have been specifically engineered in order to fix to the metal structure of the arena over 1300 units of GRIVEN Graph-i-Cell in RGB colour configuration. At the conclusion of the works, the lighting fixtures not only were positioned according to the required lighting scheme, but were also ready for the relevant programming and testing, featured on-site by GRIVEN engineers.

Seamlessly managed by a dedicated software, the installation layout was decided according to the illumination scheme developed by GRIVEN’s lighting designers: now each single pixel sparkles following a pre-defined pattern that makes the arena shine like a crown of moving diamonds in the night of Baku. The dynamic pixel effect is smooth, appealing and extraordinarily impressive. This newly shaped ambience has gained an exclusive and ultra modern outlook that has highlighted the crown of Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex  in a flawless, exciting manner during the European Games and beyond.

The thousands of fans and followers of the 2015 European Games have also been able to enjoy another prestigious landmark of Baku lit up by GRIVEN in 2011: the Baku Flame Fountain. Standing imposingly in the middle of a large fountain pool, this triple helix flame shaped sculpture is the centrepiece of a public park built on Hedar Aliyev Avenue, the main highway leading into the city from the airport and located very close to the games’ city cluster.

The illumination design of the Flame Fountain was featured by over 1,500 banks of GRIVEN LED lights fixed directly onto the tower body, fully custom made independent pixel modular bars that could comply with all the required features of this project. The final result was an exciting automated show where the faultless interface of the flame tower lighting system with the sound and water control of the three water fountains allows the creation of amazingly synchronized choreographies and stunningly matching effects of water, light and music. 

From June, 12 to 28 Baku 2015 1st European Games have been the highlight for millions of sport fans and the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex had its chance to be seen by the entire world with its crown of sparkling lights.

About Griven:

GRIVEN World Lighting Challenge of Italy, founded in 1990, has established itself as one of the world leading manufacturers in the architectural lighting market, featuring a comprehensive catalogue of proven quality, high reliability and fully weatherproofed lighting fixtures capable of offering the industry professionals the most innovative and alternative solutions at all times.

A full range of acclaimed colour changers, sky trackers and a complete collection of products for the theatre market are available worldwide from a well-selected network of specialist outlets. In its quest to keep ahead of a constantly expanding market, GRIVEN has taken on board the LED technology in 2001 for an increasing number of lighting fixtures, which have already become a must in the entertainment and architectural markets. These professional LED lighting solutions incorporate the very latest energy efficient solid state technology and offer high profile equipment for the widest range of applications.

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