Tibidabo Puppet Theatre rehabilitates an interior space inside Tibidabo Amusement Park historical building and introduces new spaces of public uses, consisting of a puppet theatre, an exhibition space, a new souvenir shop, and an auditorium, as well as new access to other attractions.
The architectural project defines new habitable spaces by incorporating big structures inside the building that remember strange marine animals. The lighting concept has been inspired by the eyes of these imaginary animals, building a submarine landscape made of coloured bubbles like the ones in children’s playground parks. Luminaires, similar to soap bubbles with its strange reflections, offer a new dream ambiance to the Puppet Theatre area.
The final solution consists in simple spherical luminaries, but being precisely executed. The project explores the enormous possibilities of CFL lamps –typically used in domestic spaces-, choosing several models to solve all the luminaires according to its different properties.
The spheres are made of polycarbonate domes for skylights in three different sizes (with 40-60-120 cm of diameter), painted with special car coating with epoxy components. We have used different types of coating: mirror coating in the reflectors; white coating to reflect light and transfer brightness to the ceilings; transparent coating with pearl powder and iridescent effect to diffuse light and coloured coating in several complementary tones to control the colour of the space.
A wide range of CFL lamps has been used from 20w CFL for common spaces to 60w CFL for big bubbles as well as Dimmerable CFL (10-100%) for theater -with sparkling effect at the end of the dimming-, CFL with reinforced cathodes for the WC and Miniature 5w CFL for position.
Architecture: MIAS Arquitectes
Lighting: Pablo Martínez Díez