Foster + Partners launches new integrated building services system
Architecture firm Foster + Partners has teamed up with Italian lighting brand Artemide, and heating and ventilation firm, Price Industries to launch Node, which integrates lighting, fire safety devices, as well as the HVAC system.
The Node system consists of a range of devices including lights, sprinklers, cameras, speakers and occupancy sensors. All the devices are connected to a standardised wiring system, which binds them together. Essentially, it means that the building’s services have a single point of control. The high-tech control system was launched at last month’s Light + Building trade fair in Frankfurt.
To give it a uniform and structured form, each of the devices is shaped like a circular node, installed on a common base. Artemide has specifically produced a range of lighting fixtures, called Hoy for the system. In addition, the designers opted for modular functionality – meaning zones can be added, or removed from the network without having to rewire, to make the setup more dynamic.