It’s that time of year again. Industry awards are taking place, celebrating the very best from the world of architectural lighting design. Within an industry founded on creative thinking and cutting-edge design, there’s never a shortage of worthy projects.
It’s always exciting when we see a project we’ve been a part of taking the spotlight. As architectural lighting manufacturers, the products we supply are often designed to be concealed or exist as one element of a wider lighting system.
More often than not, we’re not required to visit the end site. But we never get tired of seeing the final results. And when we’ve created a brand new bespoke fixture in answer to a complex brief, it’s especially rewarding to see the overall design publicly commended.
Lighting Design Awards – May 2019
The Lighting Design Awards (LDAs) is one of the most important events in the calendar, recognising international lighting design excellence. We last attended in 2017 and always pay close attention to the winners and nominees.
Although we weren’t a part of any of the winning projects this year, there were several projects shortlisted in which our products had been specified.
London Wall Place and Royal Opera House
The lighting design at London Wall Place, by StudioFRACTAL, was shortlisted for Public Realm and Landscape Project of the Year. And although StudioFRACTAL missed out on the prize, Make Architects did pick up a RIBA London award for the London Wall Place development.
StudioFRACTAL was also shortlisted for the Royal Opera House, London, which was a big project for us last year. You can read more about the Royal Opera House redevelopment in this case study.
Gasholders and Deloitte HQ
Speirs & Major is another client of ours who attended the LDAs. Their lighting design for the Gasholders project, London, was shortlisted within the Heritage Project of the Year category.
The project involved the restoration of a 19th century Grade II-listed telescopic gasholder structure, converting it into luxury residential apartments and leisure space. We supplied over 2500m of Proteus 2700K, DALI dimmable, for the apartment interiors.
Although the lighting design missed out on an LDA, architects WilkinsonEyre and Jonathan Tuckey Design did pick up national and regional RIBA awards in 2018 for Gasholders.
Within the Workplace Project of the Year category at the LDAs, GIA Equation received a commendation for Deloitte’s HQ at New Street Square, London.
RIBA Yorkshire and the Leeds Festival of Architecture
Yorkshire-based architecture has moved into the spotlight in recent years, with the Leeds Festival of Architecture currently in its second year. Backed by RIBA, the festival includes a range of events, from talks to film screenings, taking place from 6th June to 25th July 2019.
This year’s theme is Futures and will include topics such as the future of Leeds, the future of residential areas and the future of the workplace.
Within RIBA’s regional awards, a range of stunning Yorkshire buildings were listed. Winners included the new Weston Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Merrion House, Leeds City Centre. Back in 2017, the Victoria Gate shopping centre also won a national RIBA award.
We always enjoy seeing which projects are recognised internationally, but it’s also equally important to see what’s happening locally too. We’re extremely proud of our Yorkshire manufacturing roots and relish the opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing design and production the region has to offer.