Piatto Architectural Lighting - CODAworx

Piatto Architectural Lighting

Submitted by John Coniglio

Client: Anonymous

Location: Guelph, ON, Canada

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Conceptual Design

John Coniglio

Aligned Vision Group

Design & Engineering

Andrew Foord

Aligned Vision Group

Project Manager & Commissioning

Guy Wallace

Aligned Vision Group


Color changing architectural lighting was a key to this Historical building located in Downtown Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The objective of the project was to have traditional architectural lighting in addition to a more “entertainment / hospitality” lighting feel for special occasions.

The integration for this artistic lighting installation was to meet the specific needs of the client, while providing a solution that met the demands of the building owner. The client wanted to achieve a design that was capable of being noticed, and of course having an influence on pedestrians to want to take a picture with the building in the background for assisting with social media promotion. As the building is limestone, Aligned Vision Group was not permitted to drill into building itself. The final design achieved all aspects of the client and the building owner.

The fully automated lighting system receives Google notifications each day on the time of sunset for the day. The “Show” starts half hour before sunset which comprises of very basic amber or high white architectural lighting scenes. Once sunset arrives, the colored lighting programming begins and transforms the historic building to a variety of colors, in theme with the time of year or special event. To close the evening, all lig


The goal had been to create something visually stunning, architecturally pleasing, that wouldn’t take from the architectural standards of the building, while maintaining a tight budget. Further, the project had to be connected to other buildings throughout the city to operate as “1 system”. The building was required to have a feature to allow separation from the other buildings if the client wishes to create something for their own use. Integration was a large factor for this project. Technology integration was required so that it could be operated without the need of a technician. Programming had to be completed in order to have any possible color scene programmed within the 365-calendar year.


The process for this project started with the vision from the client. The first design kickoff meeting was sitting down to discus what the overall goals were and to view other similar projects that had been completed around the world to help illustrate the overall effect the client wanted. The next step was to take a walk in the downtown core to see the various buildings that would have a high potential for creating the overall visual effect. Once the buildings had been selected, the client was required to get interest from the building and business owner so that the visual effect could be used for their business and property. Once the buildings had been decided on, the design of the lighting system had to have proof of concept renderings completed to show the client the potential outcome for the design. Based on the renderings, final approval by the client was given to proceed with the project installation. The next step was to see if our installation methodology would be approved by the building owners. Upon agreeance from the building owner to proceed, further coordination was required with the electrical trade for the high voltage requirements. Finally, installation, testing and commissioning was completed. Walk through with the client was provided as the final step so that s

Additional Information

This project had been 1 of 5 buildings used for this lighting display within the downtown core of Guelph ON. The product use is a IP65 rated, weatherized LED lighting fixture. The following Aligned Vision Group team members are credited for this project. All design concepts completed as well as overall client liaison managed by John Coniglio. All design, CAD work and custom bracketing had been completed by Andrew Foord. Installation methodology, Project Management and final commissioning had been completed by Guy Wallace. All programming, system scheduling and ongoing program updates / monitoring had been completed by Brent Clark and Andrew Cwierdzinski.