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gridded feature that ties back to the master planning

process. Ensuring that the light is both functional yet

of the city’s gridded street system.”

conceived with placemaking principles, which creates

It was quintessential that the decorative lighting

the homely atmosphere throughout. Richard Demby,

worked in harmony with the architectural lighting

Development Manager of Grainger PLC said, “74 have

design in a way that drew all the attention to the

created a legacy with Enigma Square. They designed

design features. Double recessed spotlights in a

through the lens of the developer, the operator, the


brass finish were chosen for the majority of the

asset managers and most importantly the residents


architectural lighting due to their discreet appearance.

to create outstanding amenities where every inch of

Interior Design: 74

“These helped avoid drawing the eye to the ceilings,

the spaces is used. 74 designed spaces that enable

Architect: Pick Everard

which had to be quite low in certain areas due to the

Grainger to create a community for residents through

structural and MEP constraints on site,” explains Jones.

friendships and bonds which in turn would mitigate

“They kept the focus on the feature lighting and other

voids and tenancy churn.”

design elements within the scheme. The use of double

Jones adds: “I’m really happy with how this design

spotlights meant we required less fixtures in the ceiling

turned out in the end. One of my favourite parts of

than if we had gone for single spots and the brass finish

being an interior designer is getting to see the spaces

replicates that of a lot of the feature lighting to ensure

we have designed being used once a project completes,

the entire space feel well balanced and considered.”

and seeing photos from Enigma Square of residents

74 has achieved a conscientious interior design and

working, socialising, and enjoying the spaces we have

lighting scheme that not only reflects the story of its

created is really rewarding.”

city but also puts the residents at the centre of the


Lighting Specified: And Light, B Lux, Mater, Tala, Tom Dixon, Tom Raf field, Tom Rossau, Tyson Lighting Images: Gunner Gu Using Milton Keynes as the main inspiration for their scheme, the team at 74 drew upon natural elements, cit yscape grid-like structures and World War II historical context for its furnishings, lighting and finishes throughout the amenit y spaces in Enigma Square.

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