Published on: August 2, 2009
We received another project from Speirs and Major Associates. This project too was awarded by International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). This time with it’s top honor Radiance Award for Exellence in Lighting Design.
Here is what Speirs and Major Associates had to say about their project:
Client: More London Development
Architects: Foster and Partners
Engineer: Roger Preston and Partners
Photographer: James Newton
Speirs and Major Associates were invited to light the lobby and atrium of this award-winning office development on the banks of the River Thames. The brief was to produce a simple, elegant solution, which eliminated the need for high-level fixtures or clutter on the ground plane. Energy was to be minimized and all fittings easy to access and maintain.
The architects saw the space as a transition between the world outside and the internal office spaces within. The back wall of the atrium with its integral artwork is cleanly lit to provide a visual stop and draw you through the space to the lift lobbies beyond.¬† Light spill from the offices was considered to be an integral part of the life of the scheme providing additional ‚Äėfree light‚Äô to the space.
When entering the atrium the soffits of the bridge decks are clearly articulated.¬† The unique custom pendant fixtures provide general downlighting and a soft glow of light to the atrium roof.
The custom pendants provide general light without creating clutter at low level or the need for fixtures at high level.¬† They contribute to the human scale of the space providing a soft quality that creates a transition between the external spaces and the offices within thereby allowing the eye to adapt as you move deeper into the building.
The balconies are illuminated from simple downlights and wallwashers using ceramic metal halide lamps which highlight the rear wall of the atrium as a continuous plane of light emphasising the colourful artwork.
The decision to design a series of complex pendant fixtures as the principle lighting detail also provided a unique identity for the project and a sophisticated technical solution to the challenges of lighting a multi-storey space. The pendants represented a considerable technical challenge.¬† Just under a storey high they are suspended through seven levels.¬† They incorporate a ceramic metal halide downlight and uplight and circular T5 lamps that not only provide a decorative glow but also low energy emergency and security lighting.¬† The uplight is fully louvered to prevent direct views into the lamp from above.¬† The housing is designed to drop down so the whole inner assembly can be maintained from the cleaning cradle.
Note of the editor:
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Posted by: Luńćka Slatner