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Harel M.E.A Office Building - Lighting Design

Featured In Ramat Gan, Israel

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This ten-story building in Ramat Gan underwent renovations which included the addition of 16 floors. Special emphasis was placed on functional lighting and the floor lobbies. Peripheral lighting slots create the illusion of the detachment of the wall from the ceiling, and reflects the movement of space. This creates floating lighting along a recessed linear body that provides functional yet complementary lighting to the wooden texture of the walls while reducing the dispersion of the light in the space.

In the corridors of the offices, the lighting was designed being mindful of the movement of the space and working in harmony with the height of the ceiling and the shape of the corridor. In places where the ceiling is low, the lighting is recessed in the ceiling, where the ceiling is higher, the lighting fixture is suspended from it and twists or turns, hugging the curves where appropriate, while the linear lighting line bends and forms an arched shape.

On each floor, the reception areas are defined by hanging decorative lighting fixtures that integrate with the design of the lighting in the corridors.

The ceiling of the main entrance lobby is cut off by a peripheral lighting slot that creates motion by visually unifying the space, but dividing the area into zones with different functions. Two impressive sculptures by Sigalit Laniado greet guests and are illuminated by powerful spotlights whose light temperature was adapted to highlight the texture of materials. The entrance waiting area is set by the FAGERHULT FREEDOM lighting fixture and circular ceiling lighting fixtures are scattered throughout the lobby, creating a uniform design on the floor. The reception desk is disconnected from the floor by means of lighting, and overhead lights are hung on it, following with the rounded shape of the recessed lighting fixtures.

Client: Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd
Architect: Peleg Architects
Interior Design: Shani Perry & Miki Kornhauser
Photo: Uzi Porat

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I am Rama Mendelsohn, founder and owner of Rama Mendelsohn Lighting Design, which was opened in 2010. For me, lighting design is its own language which conveys messages and expresses emotions. Light draws the eye across a space, taking you on a trip that can flood your senses with texture and color, evoking many emotions along the way.
Lighting changes atmosphere, mood.
When I design a project, the space becomes a story in itself, an experience that begins from the outside pathway, through the front garden, to the interior space. I see the architecture, research the client’s needs and habits, and develop a customized lighting concept for the project so that a personal and unique design is implemented.

Light is the spirit that breathes life into matter.
My path in the design world began about 15 years ago. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in interior design, and then fulfilled a dream when I went to study for a master’s degree at the New York School of Interior Design. I was first exposed to the study of lighting design which was part of a course I took during my graduate studies. I knew then that something had shifted for me. I submitted the project I created during this course for consideration in the Cooper Lighting competition and won first place in the United States. When I completed my studies, I returned to Israel and worked for five years at the RTLD Lighting Office on projects for some of the largest clients in the Israeli and European markets.

Following some incredibly rewarding and educational experiences, I opened an independent lighting design studio, which has now grown to a total of 4 designers. We work with architects, designers, and international and Israeli entrepreneurs. My team and I strive to provide designs that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are practical. I bring my unique fingerprint to each design in such a way that helps my clients realize the ideas visually. I do not adhere to one design style, but combine worlds and adapt myself to each project.

In addition, I design and create decorative lighting fixtures that integrate with the design language of my projects. This desire to manufacture lighting fixtures was born out of the need to provide effective lighting solutions to address the unique needs of customers who were unable to fulfill them with the fixtures available in the market.

My studio had the honor of winning the 2017 award for lighting design for the Herbert Samuel 10 residential tower project in Tel Aviv. I was chosen because I successfully managed to compliment the building by illuminating it and was able to highlight it further by adding a design language of lighting, which provided additional added value in its own right.

A customer once said that I connect the lines between interior and exterior, between the architect, designer, and engineer. For me, lighting design is an interesting and challenging field because it requires the combination of design, which is an emotional language, and technical knowledge of electricity, volumes and materials. In each project, I try to bring a different perspective, a fresh and cool interpretation tailored to the structure’s vision. I’m so grateful to do what I love every day.