Painting with light; illuminating the interior of Sphere

    Attend this insightful webinar delving into the captivating journey of the Sphere Las Vegas, from its inception as a concept to its grand realization.
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    Thursday, June 27, 2024

    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM CET

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    Lionel Ohayon and Renée Joosten will share their experiences designing the interior lighting of Sphere Las Vegas from concept phase through final completion. The interior scope included over 300,000 sq. ft of interior spaces such as the Atrium, food and beverage locations, expo spaces, 23 premium hospitality suites and more. Its lighting design is a dynamic and immersive experience that transcends traditional notions of entertainment spaces. The lighting scheme transforms the venue into a living, breathing entity, where light becomes an integral performer in the unfolding narrative of the Sphere experience.


    A key feature of the lighting design is its layered complexity. A continuous interplay of lights, both expansive and directional, allows for the manipulation of mood and energy within the venue. The deliberate juxtaposition of indirect washes of light with focused strikes creates a sensory journey, guiding visitors through a spectrum of emotions from the moment they enter until they transition back into the vibrant bustle of Las Vegas.


    The long, curvilinear spaces within Sphere are metered by repetition, creating a rhythmic cadence that enhances the overall design. The use of color lights versus white lighting serves as a storytelling tool, gradually building up the narrative as visitors progress towards the performance bowl. These elements are not static; instead, they evolve and adapt, ensuring that each visit to Sphere is a unique and enchanting experience.


    Learning objectives:


    • Explore how light can be used as a story teller within a public space.
    • Understand the dynamics of using theatre lighting as functional lighting.
    • Awareness of choice of materials and interaction with light.
    • Insight of creating continuity with lighting in a space with varying scales.

    Presented by


    Lionel Ohayon

    Founder & CEO, ICRAVE,

    Co-Founder and CCO, Journey

    Renee Joosten,
    Founder of Joosten Studio (Brooklyn,
    New York and Rotterdam, the Netherlands)



    For more than 20 years, Lionel Ohayon, has been at the forefront of immersive design, creating spaces and experiences that resonate with audiences, create memories and change lives.  As the founder of the award-winning design firm ICRAVE, Ohayon is driven by his passion for reinvention, and how our physical and digital worlds intersect. At JFK he first introduced the iPad, at Sloan Kettering’s Cancer Center he introduced patient-tracking technology to allow for a free-flowing campus environment, and at The Sphere in Las Vegas he created an immersive world that takes you through a 360-degree next-generation experience.


    In 2022, Lionel co-founded Journey, a new design agency that creates multidimensional experiences, that tie together physical, digital and immersive design. Journey was created to reinvent the design service offering. Clients include MSG, TSX, Google, Hilton, the Dallas Cowboys, RXR, and many more. He serves as Chief Creative Officer at Journey and is a Board Member of FastCo’s Innovation Council and on the advisory board for Hospitality Design



    Renée Joosten, a Dutch native with 20 years of experience working and living in New York City, is the founder of Joosten Studio.


    ​After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, the Netherlands Renée Joosten moved to New York City where she earned her master’s degree in Architectural Lighting from Parsons School of Design. 


    She worked at Cooley Monato Studio, an award-winning New York-based architectural lighting design studio as a senior designer on numerous residential and retail projects, including Tiffany’s, Gucci, and Nike.


    From 2011 through 2022, Renée served as the Lighting Director at ICRAVE, an award-winning New York based interior design studio, where she built and lead the in-house lighting department. Over 11 years, she led the lighting team’s process from conceptualization throughout construction administration, and implementation in high profile and award-winning projects such as Sphere (Las Vegas), Memorial Sloan Kettering Koch Center (NYC), Little Spain Mercado (NYC),Marquee Nightclub (Singapore), Ocean Prime (Beverly Hills), and Terminal A (Washington DC Airport).


    Renée served as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design in New York, teaching the integrated Studio.  She also gave guest lectures at the New York School of Interior Design. Renée has served as a judge for both the national and the New York section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). She is currently an active member of industry lighting organizations including the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

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