darc awards 2015 Brochure

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darc thoughts For those of you that attended darc night, the culmination of the darc awards process, I hope that you enjoyed it. I have been blown away by the response to the peer-to-peer concept of the darc awards making this a truly democratic awards programme. Over 450 entries and over 5,000 votes from the lighting design community has proved that the lighting industry - both decorative and architectural - was eager to embrace a fresh, subversive awards format. This alternative approach was replicated during darc night. Dress code was creative not black tie. Street food (no tables) and drinks were free all night and there was no comedian (unless you count me fluffing my lines!). The visual interest was provided by twelve inspirational installations created by the lighting design studio and manufacturer partners that bought into what we are trying to achieve and I want to thank them for their tremendous creativity above and beyond the call of duty. Empowering lighting designers by making them eligible for free tickets to darc night if they vote (as well as interior designers and architects if they enter) appears to have struck a chord with everyone out there and we will be continuing with this initiative in the coming years for more awards. If you are a designer this event is for you and changes the dynamic of most awards where you have to wait to be invited by a manufacturer or fork out yourself. Something that is out of the grasp of many junior designers or small practices. We look forward to welcoming you to many more events that we are organising and I hope you have found inspiration in what you have seen so far. Paul James Director, darc awards

Best Decorative Lighting Product


DIMPLE – BYBEAU Product: Dimple Manufacturer: Bybeau

Dimple is a modular chandelier system designed to allow unlimited configurations. It is made from the highest quality handblown glass with a unique two way mirror-coated finish, available in both chrome and a bronze finish, unveiling the extra interior glass ball when it’s on. It offers a flexible modular chandelier system to suit interiors of all sizes, starting from a single pendant through to multiple pendant configurations. Every drop of the chandelier can be configured with a RGBW LED chip, an LED chip with a combination natural

whites or a single warm white LED. Each drop can be individually controlled via dmx to offer unlimited possibilities. The system is designed to work with its own control system or already installed control systems like Lutron or Crestron. During the day the chandelier works like an organic sculpture with the mirror coating reflecting the natural light and it surroundings. At night it becomes an exquisite light show that can adapt to the moment.




Product: The Buster Bulb Manufacturer: Buster + Punch

Product: Eclipse Manufacturer: Tilen Sepic

The ‘world’s first designer LED bulb’, finished in three different glass tints - Smoked, Crystal and Gold. The resin light pipe at the centre of the bulb is where all the magic happens. It allows the lamp to create a subtle ambient light, whilst at the same time throw focused spot light onto tables and surfaces below. Featuring a 3W dimmable warm white LED with an E27 screw fitting, the lamp has 10,000 hrs life and consumes just 1/20th the energy of traditional bulbs.

Eclipse lamp does not only play with light but also with absence of light. It projects deep mysterious shadow in the middle that exists without its origin or reference. Reflection from the wood creates a ring of very soft and diffused warm-colour light. The slight gradient in colour temperature of light mimics the natural ‘afternoon’ light. A deep warm colour of the sun is faded into colder sky-light that creates a natural calming atmosphere. The lamp consist of wooden ring and a powerful high-CRI warm-white led strip, that outputs up to 3000lm, therefore it can be used for more than just creating ambient light. Varying the distance of the light from the wall changes its luminous effect and the mood the light produces.

Best Exterior Architectural Lighting Product



Product: VarioLED Flex VENUS Manufacturer: LED Linear

VarioLED Flex VENUS is a high quality, opal encapsulated, IP67/IP68 protected flexible LED design light line. It is above all the astonishing uniformity of the light in combination with a small cross section and a high degree of flexibility that characterizes the VENUS and makes it an appealing and innovative product. In principle, a semi-finished product in terms of design, and yet it is without doubt a finished luminaire. And it is precisely this characteristic that accounts for its fascination. It is available in two versions with different bending characteristics. The Top View (TV) is vertically bendable and comes with a cross section of 16 mm x 15 mm. The Side View (SV) is horizontally bendable and comes with

a cross section of 10 mm x 20.5 mm. Depending on the version it can be delivered in lengths of multiples of 62.5 mm or 125 mm and with a maximum length of 7,540 mm. In short, a flexible neon tube with outstanding touch, look, feel and technical lighting properties. Products of the VENUS family provides a lamp life time up to 53,000 hours, glare and dot free LED illumination and a color rendering (CRI) of 85. The product comes in various color temperatures of 2,400 K, 2,700 K, 3,000 K, 3,500 K, 4,000 K, 5,000 K, red, yellow, blue, green and RGB as well as IQ White. VENUS can be used for manifold in- and outdoor applications, from furniture design to facade illumination.




Product: Trick Manufacturer: iGuzzini

Product: LD56 Manufacturer: LightGraphix

Trick is magic, is the design of light. It is an illusion, a trick, an expedient: light is there, but the miniaturised luminaire disappears in the luminous design. Trick is a button-object, an LED capable of generating spectacular geometrical effects, with a well defined and punctual shape: circles, concentrated lines, decorative graphic elements in numberless combinations, as well as grazing light effects. The fitting is a point capable of defining and personalising space, giving rhythm and creating design sets. Three bodies are available: small 45mm, medium 90mm, and large 160mm. Trick has been created in blade of light, wall washer and radial versions to create 8 different luminous effects: it is one of the most complete systems available on the market. It can be installed on surfaces or recessed, putting together multiple luminaires to combine different effects, all characterized by high luminous uniformity. The numberless luminous drawings that can be created with Trick include graphic patterns and decorations.

Designers’ favourite the LD56 is fitted with the latest LED technology with a typical CRI of 93 in warm white. The LED is set back and the inside is anodized black to achieve reduced glare.High efficiency optics, designed specifically for LightGraphix, guarantee exceptional beam spread and shape; with four different beam angles available. The LD56 is an extremely durable fitting incorporating a machined 316 stainless steel bezel, a hard anodised aluminium body and 5mm thick borofloat glass. Alternative bezel finishes include solid bronze and powder coated. With no visible fixings this versatile little light fitting is suitable for use as both an uplighter and downlighter, and is ideal for a wide range of applications including wall washing and step and pathway illumination. Sealed to IP68 the LD56 features an integral anti-wicking barrier to increase protection against moisture ingress due to incorrect IP rated cable connections.

Best Interior Architectural Lighting Product


LASER BLADE - IGUZZINI Product: Laser Blade Location: iGuzzini

Laser Blade revolutionises the concept of the downlight. The product with miniaturised optic, providing high visual comfort, uses the physical principle of pinpoint lamps, generating circular light emission. No more rigid frameworks, but instead ample opportunities for customisation. Innovative in its simplicity, Laser Blade is the result of an integrated process involving various disciplines: the science of lighting, technology, design and culture. The system is a multiple, flexible, universal tool. Laser Blade has received prestigious international awards. A classic circular downlight forms a point in space. Laser Blade, with its linear geometry, forms a segment, a

direction. The luminous effect being equal, Laser Blade introduces a new approach with visual stimulation, graphic lighting of rooms, surfaces, walls and ceilings. The possible configurations affect behaviour and the way people relate to space (‘Field theory’). The great care taken by iGuzzini in its constant and repetitive selection of LEDs, establishing partnerships with the best suppliers in the world, guarantees colour consistency which is not just constant over time, but also the same for different products in the same project. Laser Blade houses LEDs with a MacAdam Step value of <3. The chromatic difference between two or more colours is imperceptible.




Product: Flexible LED Light Sheet Manufacturer: Cooledge

Product: Ness Manufacturer: Design LED Products

Cooledge Lighting develops and manufactures lighting products based on a unique and transformative technology that incorporates LEDs into a flexible distributed light source that has the potential to fundamentally change the way lighting is integrated into the built environment. The ability to use the light source without a heat sink, to keep it flexible which allows use for architectural elements, to maintain the quality of light necessary for illumination and remain simple enough for customers to use without specialized training truly differentiates Cooledge’s approach in the market. Further differentiation is achieved with a scalable design. Traditional light sources have a fixed size and shape, and most LED solution development has followed a similar pattern of establishing structural and physically formed products. Cooledge’s approach uniquely allows lighting products to be scaled in size to fit virtually any environment while maintaining the efficiencies and benefits that come naturally with light emitting diode technology.

The high-density Ness backlighting product stands out with its ultra-thin and mechanically flexible design. Including a high level of efficacy up to 115 lm/W, Ness is a distinguished product that delivers high quality uniformity and optimised, borderless backlighting. Furthermore, the LED modules are highly customisable. Besides bespoke sizes, shapes, outputs and beam angle distribution, the 300 x 400 mm standard tile allows numerous cutting options. Multiple LED modules can be easily tiled in a zero-width border arrangement for large area illumination. Giving the ability to connect up to 7 LED modules, they can be driven from a single ECG with a smart control option available. Design LED Products’ superb mounting system enables quick and easy installation for single and double-sided or curved backlighting solutions creating a unique design even in convex or concave forms.

Best Unrealised Lighting Concept


MARITIME MUSEUM OF DENMARK Project: Maritime Museum of Denmark Location: Helsingor, Denmark Concept: Lucia Moreno Abenojar, Lumabe, Spain

The research project has a purely academic nature and is part of a light plan that explores new approaches about a completed project that has been published and disseminated in several media. The concept rises up from the point of view of architectural analysis and its relationship with the environment. The proposal suggests a new way of interaction with people and environment. The idea is to create a blue dots frame in the shape of a grid. The ‘blue grip’ is able to anticipate the sea state through sound and movement of sea. Urban furniture is one of the key elements of the building. The peculiar design is based on Morse Code. The lighting proposal highlights each piece that makes up the furniture.

Light is responsible for reading the hidden message through light pulses. Therefore, dots (quick pulse) have a shorter length than dashes (slow pulse) - like Morse Code. Bridges connect the main entrances and exhibition spaces of the museum. The lighting proposal is an intervention with a plastic nature like a light art installation. It is inspired in luminescence that can be found in animals, creating an enigmatic atmosphere. The lighting proposal searches to adapt a free solution. The ceiling works like a big screen that can be turned off and on as needed, adapting to each specific use.




Project: Media Sky Dome Location: Somerset House, London, UK Concept: Cehao Yu, AECOM Lighting, UK Wei Xu, Urban Architecture, China

Project: Jale Location: Tehran, Iran Concept: Arash Abbaszadeh, Iran

Somerset House redevelopment is a conceptual design project that strikes to preserve the historic fabric of this Grade 1 listed building and facilitate new cultural events. The project includes a 1,018sqm multifunctional hall connecting all the existing underused underground spaces, located right underneath the courtyard with 55 fountains. Whilst retaining the existing special character, heritage and atmosphere, this arrangement gives the buildings a distinctive special appearance. The complex architectural shape of the hall and the materials from which it is formed presented both opportunities and challenges. From the roof surface protrude silvery hairs, consisting of 1,000 identical rods made of electrochromic materials, which extend through the roof of the space and lift it into the air. The lighting concept was to create a breathing space via a vivid lit dome to reinforce connectivity between the underground space and the sky. The hairs that wrap around the space are illuminated by both daylight and electric light with advanced control override.

Jale Street was renamed 17 Shahrivar in honour of ‘Black Friday’ during the Iranian Revolution when security forces shot and killed demonstrators on 8th September 1978 (Shahrivar 17) in Tehran. This proposed scheme uses a light projector to project images of people crossing the street from the evening shadows through the narrow beams of light. The projections remind people of the moment before the shooting started. Light is also projected onto the walls of buildings surrounding the street. This installation emphasises the importance of the presence of the audience and the idea that this installation does not make sense without the presence of them.

Best Decorative Lighting Installation


EMERGENCE, UK Project: Emergence Location: London Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal, UK Lighting Design: Cinimod Studio, UK Client: Caviar House & Prunier Interior Design: Cinimod Studio

Caviar House & Prunier commissioned Cinimod Studio to conceive, develop and produce an iconic sculptural intervention to mark their presence within Heathrow Airport’s new terminal, T2 ‘The Queen’s Terminal’, and to provide an impressive and memorable addition to the overall terminal. Emergence captures the re-imagined movement of a school of fish moving underwater, a playful reference to the core business of Caviar House. It is a sculptural expression of the light patterns and shimmers that are created as a school of fish moves in harmony within water. The structure comprises bespoke LED arcs spiralling thirteen metres up to the ceiling, made from

engineered carbon fibre composites as found in the newest airplanes. The resultant form manifests a kinetic moment frozen in time and then re-animated through cutting edge interactive digital lighting. The sculpture is an iconic and memorable scene that sets the brand up for incredible exposure to the millions of travellers flocking through the terminal on a daily basis. Each arc of light, controllable in movement, mimics the shimmer seen against each fish when they move in unison. Held together through beautiful mechanical fixings, each sits in the space above the bar, as a weightless mesmerizing glow.


SECOND PLACE: KINETICA, UK Project: KINETICA Location: 67 Brewer Street, London, UK Lighting Design: Hugo Light Design Client: The Third Space, Soho Health Club & Medical Centre Main Lighting Suppliers: Pharos, MonoLED

KINETICA is a bespoke light sculpture that aims to construct a narrative within a space which invites us to question our perception through the use of light. The geometric construction is based on Plato´s theory: non-material abstract forms, in this case light, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. The result is a connection between light and human interaction that engage us to appreciate the architecture of our surroundings through dynamic lighting. Every KINETICA component is carefully customised to each individual space and client based on our understanding of the multiple interactions between light, architecture and human behaviour.

THIRD PLACE: STAR BURST, UK Project: Star Burst Location: Britannia cruise ship, UK Product Design: Jona Hoad Design & Production, UK Client: Carnival UK, P&O Cruises Lighting Design: MBLD, UK Interior Design: Richmond International, UK Main Supplier: Jona Hoad Design & Production


Made up of 300 illuminated shards and 200 hand finished triangular facets, Star Burst is an illuminated sculpture for the atrium of the new Britannia Cruise Ship. International design and production house Jona Hoad Design has spent the last year creating this unique feature that elegantly explodes and drops seven metres from the ceiling, imposing itself within the centre of the atrium. Ranging in colour, from midnight blue to mirror polished gold, Star Burst has been produced, assembled and finished with the highest standards and quality in mind in order to ensure its longevity on what is the largest cruise ship built exclusively for the UK market.

Best Light Art Installation


LIGHT BARRIER Project: Light Barrier Location: Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Russia & Eindhoven, Netherlands Artist: Kimchi and Chips, Korea & UK Client: Comissioned by the British Council and FutureEverything

The light installation creates floating graphic objects which animate through space as they do through time. A fascination with natural light drove the technique of the impressionist painters, they explored new qualities of colour and the trail of time. Kimchi and Chips’ study of digital light discusses a new visual mechanic, their installation adding to the visual language of space and light. As the artist’s inquiry deepens, brush strokes become descriptive like code, detailing reality and allying light with canvas. The Light Barrier is the universal law which separates light and material. Both by limiting the actions of materials so that they cannot move like light, and by defining Einstein’s mass-energy

equivalence formula. The second edition of Light Barrier commissioned by STRP Festival continues the work of the original Light Barrier, 2014 into a new story with new physical techniques. The visual story follows the journey of a digital form. It begins by passing through the Light Barrier, so that this digital form transcends the limits of its home reality and enters into our physical one. It then explores the possibilities of its new found physicality, whilst attempting to assert its digital identity. Finally the form travels through the Light Barrier again to pass away to the next reality.


SECOND PLACE: FOREST LUMINA Project: Foresta Lumina Location: Parc de la Gorge, Coaticook, Canada Artist: Moment Factory, Canada Client: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

From the moment visitors pass through a mysterious, misty Portal until they emerge back into everyday life, they are plunged into a world where the magical seems entirely possible. A range of techniques – from RGB illumination of custom prints, to thousands of carefully hand-wrapped LEDs, to bioluminescent illumination – are reinforced with artful sound design to create an evocative, immersive environment that speaks to young and old alike.

JOINT THIRD PLACE: DISCODISCO Project: DiscoDisco Artist: Haberdashery, UK Client: Alex Asseily Main Lighting Supplier: Haberdashery

DiscoDisco is a sound reactive light sculpture initiated by creative entrepreneur Alex Asseily and design studio Haberdashery. Inspired by the humble disco ball, the sculpture uses an array of custom made light pipes to channel programmable LED light to hundreds of large pixel surfaces. Animated content plays across these pixels in response to either a sound track via a line in, or to audio.

JOINT THIRD PLACE: YOUR COLOUR PERCEPTION Project: Your Colour Perception Location: Manchester, UK Artist: Liz West, UK Client: Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces Main Lighting Supplier: Lee Filters


Your Colour Perception is Liz West’s largest site-specific installation to date, incorporating all 5000 square feet of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House fourth floor gallery. The new work was developed site-specifically in direct response to the space prior. West reacted to the architectural space using colour and light to create vast immersive installation art.

Best Landscape Lighting Project - Low Budget


MEMORIES OF THE MIRROR, SPAIN Project: Memories of the Mirror Location: Convent de Sant AgustĂ­, Barcelona Artist: Lupercales, Spain Client: Festival LlumBCN, 2014 edition, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona Main Lighting Supplier: Lamp

In ancient times, astronomers used a mirror over their desks in order to study the movement of the celestial sphere. This was an artistic installation that created a reflexive and out-of-a-dream atmosphere. The use of five circular mirrors of 2 meters diameter allowed it to be even a daylight artefact, able to articulate a spatial discourse during the day. The metaphorical use of the mirror wants to talk about the architecture of the place (a gothic courtyard of a former convent) and also wants to reflect the (available) darkness of the sky, a situation that implies a strong issue in urban context. Any further object and light element in the scheme tries to complement and

integrate with the existing installations, controlling the colors and the illuminated surfaces. Prior to the installation, the educative programme was expanded with a workshop. That programme saw Lupercales working in downtown Barcelona with young people who had left school before completing their degrees. The students, that were following a first-job oriented programme in electrical installations and maintenance, attended classes on lighting fundamentals and techniques, with the objective being to increase their knowledge while motivating them to look beyond the restricted scope of a basic professional level.


SECOND PLACE: OPERA HOUSE LANE, NEW ZEALAND Location: Opera House Lane Location: Wellington, New Zealand Lighting Design: S&T Lighting, New Zealand Client: Wellington City Council Architect: Peter Fraser & Kevin Murphy, Wellington City Council, New Zealnd Main Lighting Suppliers: Martin Professional, Lumascape

Two keywords guided the lighting concept: “CPTED” and “Engaging”. CPTED - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design - is a way of passively preventing crimes in public spaces through promotion of safe spaces. The City Council’s urban design group made a Chandelier in the lane out of Kaynemaile, a translucent chainmail material with exciting optical qualities as it both reflects and refracts light in exciting way. The Chandelier was intended to be the jewel in the lane, something unexpected, colourful and interesting in the lane. The way of achieving this was to create an interactive, colourful, animating lighting scheme. Moving heads were chosen to provide this element of colour and playfulness.

THIRD PLACE: ANTIGUA VILLA DE SANTA MONICA, MEXICO Location: Antigua Villa de Santa Monica Location: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico Lighting Design: 1er (DIA) diseño en iluminación en arquitectónica, Mexico Client: Hotel Villa Santa Monica Architect: Sebastian Zavala Taylor & Diana Kruk Hernandez, Mexico Main Lighting Suppliers: Prommsa, Ventor Internacional


These ancient gardens have rooted stories and secrets that are being forgotten, one of the features that standout is that the life of this garden is dependent of the waters that flow through it and that once wore floodway and now remain a dry river except during the raining season. The scale of many of these trees were lost at night and muted by the dominance of urban lighting with its characteristic orange colour from low pressure sodium vapor leaked light into the garden causing shadows at pedestrian level and only illuminating above the walls. The use of LEDs in DIA’s lighting scheme has brought life to the site.

Best Landscape Lighting Project - High Budget


UK PAVILION, EXPO MILAN 2015, ITALY Project: UK Pavilion Location: Expo Milan 2015, Italy Lighting Design: BDP, UK Artist: Wolfgang Buttress, UK Client: UKTI Landscape Architect: BDP, UK Structural Engineer: Simmonds Studio, UK Main Lighting Suppliers: Mike Stoane, Lumenal, LEDFlex, Lumenpulse AlphaLED, Light Projects, Luxonic Lighting

The two greatest challenges for BDP’s lighting designers were the one year programme, from design competition success to the grand opening in Milan, and a limited architectural lighting budget to provide 5* lighting on a 1* budget (£25k for all areas except the Hive). These constraints forced innovation and were overcome with close design team collaboration and assistance from UK manufacturers. The theme of the 2015 World Expo is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ and Wolfgang’s overarching concept for the UK Pavilion is the importance of the bee. This artistic vision is abstracted into various forms and fundamental throughout the design that culminates in the Hive structure.

This is a multi-sensorial experience that uses sound and light mapped from a live stream of a real beehive in the UK. Accelerometers are used to measure the activity of the colony and algorithms are used to convert the bee colony vibrations into lighting effects. One thousand individually-addressable LED luminaires allow the Hive to pulse and glow, acting as a visual representation of bee activity. In addition to the Hive, the pavilion has various spaces and functions. These range from the entrance orchard and meadow walkways, lit in warm white ‘honey’ light, to the conference suite with honeycomb pendants where high level UKTI meetings are held.


SECOND PLACE: QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK, UK Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Location: London, UK Lighting Design: Speirs + Major, UK Client: London Legacy Development Company Executive Lighting Design: Michael Grubb Studio, UK Architect: MAKE, UK Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations, UK Main Lighting Suppliers: Mike Stoane Lighting, Xicato, Philips, Bega, acdc, iGuzzini, SH Structures

The architects’ design created a diverse and exciting public place, integrating the iconic sporting venues and attractions with parklands, waterways, and numerous play spaces for people to enjoy. The challenge was to provide lighting that would support the joyful character of the park design, as well as ensuring that users would feel safe and secure, and could continue to use the facilities of the park as natural light faded. The centrepiece of the lighting approach is a unique catenary system developed for the Promenade – the main navigation route that stretches from Orbit Plaza to Carpenters Lock. A dappled light emits from ethereal moon-like spheres suspended over the pathway and framed by gently highlighted tree canopies.

THIRD PLACE: KINGS CROSS SQUARE, UK Project: Kings Cross Square Location: London, UK Lighting Design: studioFRACTAL, UK Client: Network Rail Architect: Stanton Williams, UK Main Lighting Supplier: iGuzzini, acdc, Kemps, BEGA, WE-EF, Wila, Selux

StudioFRACTAL worked closely with Stanton Williams to help restore the integrity of the space and give the square a greater civic importance by day and by night. Lighting was designed from the outset to create a strong visual identity, support wayfinding and encourage commuters to linger and appreciate the space. StudioFRACTAL’s lighting strategy concentrated on incorporating lighting into the built environment wherever possible, highlighting the historic façade to create a 3 dimensional space and emphasising materials and textures. The success of the new Square can be seen from the vast quality of people using the space as both a thoroughfare and also as a space to dwell, relax and appreciate the surroundings.


Best Interior Lighting Project - Low Budget


SORAE SUSHI SAKE LOUNGE, VIETNAM Project: Sorae Sushi Sake Lounge Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Lighting Design: ASA Studios, Vietnam Client: District 1 Concept Interior Design: LW Design, Hong Kong Main Lighting Suppliers: Philips, Osram, NVC, ELEK

“Up, up in the sky, rising high Sorae opens your wings to fly Beauty and taste that no one can lie” Sorae is one of the most spectacular Japanese Sushi and Sake Lounge destinations, located at the top of a high-rise building at the heart of bustling busy district of Saigon (HCMC), overlooking manificent panoramic view of the city. The lighting concept is to create high contrast of light and darkness of dramatic visual effect for the guest to experience the authentic Japanese cuisine and culture heritage. Lighting also enhance the experience of “dining in the sky”, with special treatment for the ceiling to be

illuminated softly by concealed light strip, accentuated by the glowing cloud lit in dynamic warm white tone to create a effect of a sky after the tropical rain in the Southern of Vietnam. This scheme connects very well with the real sky images reflecting on the large glazing offering an extent view to the city nightscape. Every design feature is carefully treated with integrated lighting to focus on the presentation rather than the details. One of the success of this project is within a very low budget and simple lighting techniques and technologies, lighting helps “dining in the sky” becoming an unforgettable wonderful experience for the guests.


SECOND PLACE: HOUSE OF VANS, UK Location: London, UK Lighting Design: Tim Greatrex & Panos Andrikopoulos, UK Client: Vans Architect: Tim Greatrex Architect, UK Interior Design: Hellicar & Lewis, UK Main Lighting Suppliers: Projection Lighting, Sylvania

The House of Vans London is a new mixed use creative venue for Vans enthusiasts and those interested in skateboarding culture. It has been established as a place to participate in the cultural lineage of skateboarding that has defined the Vans brand since 1966, combining skateboarding, art, film and music. The new venue includes an art gallery, ‘Vans labs’ creative spaces, screening room, live music for 850 people, a premium café, numerous bars and a three tier indoor concrete skate park. It is the largest permanent venture by Vans globally and the first European edition of the House of Vans, following the first in Brooklyn NY back in 2010.

THIRD PLACE: PINGTIAN FARMING MUSEUM & MANUAL WORKSHOP, CHINA Location: Pingtian Village, Songyang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, China Lighting Design: X Studio in School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China Architect: DnA_Design & Architecture / Xu Tiantian, China Client: The government of Songyang County Interior Design: DnA_Design & Architecture / Xu Tiantian, China Main Lighting Suppliers: Sidon

Lighting design highlights the aesthetics of original space, wood structure and materials, and creates the interests of visual montage. The Farming Museum has two floors. The first floor is the display district for folk custom. Reducing ambient luminance and linking with the dark environment of outside the village at night naturally. Keeping traditional atmosphere and doing accent lighting only for these farming tools and a model of the village. 1W LED spotlights illuminate the model of the village so as to simulate the effects of sunlight and leave dramatic shadows on the ground.


Best Interior Lighting Project - High Budget


FULTON CENTER, USA Project: Fulton Center Location: New York, NY USA Lighting Design: Arup, USA Client: MTA Capital Construction Architect: Grimshaw, UK Artist: James Carpenter Design Associates, USA Main Lighting Suppliers: Beta Lighting, Edison Price Lighting, Gammalux

From the inception of the project, light and daylight played a critical role in this reinvisioning of a downtown transit hub that serves 11 subway lines and 300,000 daily commuters, by acting as a key wayfinding element. By studying the solar geometry of the site, the design team was able to determine the influence of surrounding buildings on daylight access, which informed the location, height, and angle of the primary feature of the building, a 50-foot diameter skylight oculus. The skylight is tilted gently towards the south to allow more direct sunlight and skylight to enter, which during summer months penetrates as far as two levels below ground, to the delight

of passengers stepping off of platforms into daylight. A cable-net structure with reflective panels fabricated of a custom designed reflective aluminium coating surrounds the interior of the space below the oculus, reflecting both the direct sun and diffuse skylight, and folding subtle images of the surrounding environment into the space. The oculus and reflectornet illuminate the interior of the building, allowing electric lighting to be turned off during the daytime. The reflector panels of the cable-net structure have a custom semi-specular coating that dynamically reflects light as both exterior conditions and viewer position change.


SECOND PLACE: DAS GERBER, GERMANY Project: Das Gerber Location: Stuttgart, Germany Lighting Design: Pfarré Lighting Design, Germany Client: Gerber Architect: EPA Architekten, KBK Architekten, Bernd Albers, Germany Interior Design: Ippolito Fleitz Group, Germany Main Lighting Suppliers: ERCO, Flos, Gessler, Hadler, Hatec, XAL, TDX, Zumtobel

With three entrances situated on two levels, the Mall reflects its complex urban situation and neighbourhood. In the light of a corporate design theme for all entrance areas, the total amount of 31 LED rings have been designed especially for the project. In the basement, the rings are integrated in the ceiling, in the other entrances they are freely suspended from the high ceilings. Their counterpart, a “hoola-hoop” object of 10 rings, and the only one with a RGB system for special events, circles around a central column, being reflected in the fountain below and moving up over the total height of all three shopping floors.

THIRD PLACE: GUINNESS STOREHOUSE, IRELAND Project: Guinness Storehouse Location: Dublin, Ireland Lighting Design: Michael Grubb Studio, UK Client: Diageo Architect: RKD Architects, Ireland Interior Design: O’Donnell O’Neil Design Associates Main Lighting Supplier: Mike Stoane, HTL, Lumenpulse, Architainment, LED Linear, AM Light, Lucent, Ecosense, Light Projects, Xicato

Celebrating darkness and using wellcontrolled light to highlight the building and the stories being told deliver a high impact scheme. A specific lighting language is used to separate the history of the building with the narrative of the brand, this is achieved by using warm white light (2500-3000K) for exhibits and cool white light (40004500K) for key architectural features. This subtle approach creates a clear distinction that separates the 900 year story with the reality of the cold working conditions experienced by workers within Storehouse. Coloured light is limited to key elements along with special events and cooperate hire.


Best Exterior Lighting Project - Low Budget


SHADOW PLAY, FINLAND Project: Shadow Play Location: Hämeenlinna, Finland Lighting Design: WhiteNight Lighting, Finland Client: Hämeenlinna City Architect: Architect FCG Finnish Consulting Group, Finland Main Lighting Suppliers: iGuzzini

The 1952 Olympic swimming stadium was restored to its old glory after being abandoned for almost 30 years. The commission was to create a light art piece and bring the Olympic history back to life. Daylight became a crucial part of the installation and WhiteNight connected the surrounding ambient and history together in a shadow art that changes according to sunlight and weather. During night the lighting gives the figures another feel compared to their daylight appearance. After analysing the site they concluded that daylight was entering the main façade on an optimal angle and it should be taken into account on the design. The pool was also used at summer time during daylight hours so it

made sense to make the art piece work also during daytime. The old black and white photos triggered WhiteNight to use them as a part of our installation and we even managed to find two old grandpas who had taken photographs during the Olympic Games. WhiteNight wanted to bring the other four pentathlon events back since the outdoor pool was the only clue left. When you arrive to the swimming stadium the road comes down from a hill and this is a view that you see first. From far away you see the art piece from a side angle and figures look complete.


SECOND PLACE: LIVERPOOL DEPARTMENT STORE, MEXICO Location: Liverpool Department Store Location: Mexico City, Mexico Lighting Design: Ideas en Luz, Mexico Client: Liverpool Department Store Architect: Rojkind Architects, Mexico Main Lighting Suppliers: AG Iluminación, Luminografica

The design of Liverpool´s Façade in the Southern commercial district of Insurgentes, in Mexico City intends to create a strong and long-lasting impact in the urban landscape and dynamics of the area. In the daytime the façade is a simple glass box with a textured skin that resembles a honeycomb pattern. This impression is dramatically changed at night when the glass seems to disappear and the multilevel spaces and volumes on the inside become apparent. This complex network of vertical and horizontal circulations shape the interior of the façade and are fashioned through layers of dynamic light.

THIRD PLACE: KUCUKCEKMECE MUNICIPALITY BUILDING, TURKEY Location: Kucukcekmece Municipality Building Location: Istanbul, Turkey Lighting Design: ZKLD Light Design Studio, Turkey Client: Kucukcekmece Municipality Architect: Mutlu Cilingiroglu, Turkey Main Lighting Suppliers: ERCO, Kreon, Radiant, Endo, EMFA

This project is the first government building with a BREEAM certificate in Turkey. Also referring to the corporate identity of the municipality, the “transparency” of the outer layer is used for the facade lighting. The lighting design aims to emphasize the special features of the building, its geometric form and the masses surrounded by a glass shell and creating an enchanting facade lighting by using the interior lights, bringing the inside out. The municipality building is in the form of three cylinders and these cylinders are covered with a double-skin facade that brings a homogenous daylight distribution to the interior.


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SZCZECIN PHILHARMONIC, POLAND Project: Szczecin Philharmonic Location: Szczecin, Poland Lighting Design: Anoche Iluminación Arquitectónica, Spain Client: Barozzi Veiga Architect: Barozzi Veiga, Spain Main Lighting Supplier: Traxon & e:cue

This design goes hand-in-hand with the plan to revitalise the city and restart as a lively hub with cultural attractions of reference. It is a new interpretation of what were the main attractions of the city, harshly treated by a history of crises and world wars. This municipal goal is embodied in the new building. Its overall intention, as the architects said, is to reproduce a traditional Baroque music hall, maintaining the typically warm atmosphere inside but with their own vision and a new reading of the form. All this brought together in a single building, designed and intended only for music and musicians, and cloaking the inside neutrality with an expressive façade inspired by the profile of the city

itself, whilst transmitting the necessary personality to mirror the city’s identity. With this achieved by the distinguishable shapes and colours, the music hall has become a new city landmark. Calling for a new way of seeing things, the future. Only the new is new. The façade is translucent to allow its night-time expression through lighting and is white glass with marked vertical profiles, all to convey the main thing: its life, its activity through light. The backlighting of the façade adapts to different moments prior to concerts, heralding their proximity with staggered phases of intensity, in a nod to the ringing of the bells in ancient temples.


SECOND PLACE: BCP AFFINITY, PERU Project: BCP Affinity Location: Banco de Credito del Peru, Lima, Peru Lighting Design: Claudia Paz Lighting Studio, Peru & Nicholas Cheung Studio, UK Client: Banco de Credito del Peru Main Suppliers: Philips Color Kinetics, Sensacell, e:cue

The installation consists of three main parts; the 3D facade canvas with 6 layers of LEDs (covering 50 x 19 x 1.2 meters), the interactive LED outdoor podium (1.7 x 1.5 meters) with multi-touch sensors and the interactive and lighting control systems. The public facing podium has a direct visual relationship with the facade creating an impressive but unifying experience. Stereo speakers flank the slanting podium, which delineates the space for expression. The podium senses 3D depth and provides a touch-less interface that transmits body movements, via live interactive programming, onto the 3D facade.

THIRD PLACE: ENERGY TOWER, DENMARK Project: Energy Tower Location: Roskilde, Denmark Lighting Design: Gunver Hansen Studio, Denmark Client: Kara/Noveren Architect: Erick van Egeraat, Denmark Main Lighting Supplier: Martin Professional


All the internal facades are illuminated with LED projectors with RGBW. The indirect lighting seen through the holes of the facade perforation creates a ‘soft’ perception of the luminous Energy Tower. In the surrounding industrial area, with the strong random light and glaring luminaires, the shining Energy Tower raises as a unique light sculpture, that stands out from the tough lighting environment with its artistic designed light architecture. From all over the open countryside around Roskilde the Energy Tower is seen as a landmark. The RGBW LED projectors that illuminate the Energy Tower, are connected to a lighting control system, which can be programmed in dynamic lighting scenes.

the darc award winner - project with the most votes


FULTON CENTER, USA Project: Fulton Center Location: New York, NY USA Lighting Design: Arup, USA Client: MTA Capital Construction Architect: Grimshaw, UK Artist: James Carpenter Design Associates, USA Main Lighting Suppliers: Beta Lighting, Edison Price Lighting, Gammalux

From the inception of the project, light and daylight played a critical role in this reinvisioning of a downtown transit hub that serves 11 subway lines and 300,000 daily commuters, by acting as a key wayfinding element. By studying the solar geometry of the site, the design team was able to determine the influence of surrounding buildings on daylight access, which informed the location, height, and angle of the primary feature of the building, a 50-foot diameter skylight oculus. The skylight is tilted gently towards the south to allow more direct sunlight and skylight to enter, which during summer months penetrates as far as two levels below ground, to the delight

of passengers stepping off of platforms into daylight. A cable-net structure with reflective panels fabricated of a custom designed reflective aluminium coating surrounds the interior of the space below the oculus, reflecting both the direct sun and diffuse skylight, and folding subtle images of the surrounding environment into the space. The oculus and reflectornet illuminate the interior of the building, allowing electric lighting to be turned off during the daytime. The reflector panels of the cable-net structure have a custom semi-specular coating that dynamically reflects light as both exterior conditions and viewer position change.


THE JUDGES FOR CREATING THE PROJECT SHORTLISTS Kaoru Mende Principal, Light Planners Associates, Japan

Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska Lighting designer and academic, Poland

Chiara Carucci Lead Coordinator, LightRelated Organizations for IYOL 2015, Italy

Emma Cogswell Projects Manager, IALD, UK

Liz Peck President, SLL, UK

Lara Elbez Lighting designer and academic, Spain

Christopher ‘Kit’ Cuttle Lighting designer and academic, New Zealand

Naama Steigman Partner, Studio Twilight, Israel

musson+retallick Artists using light, UK

* The judging panel created shortlists of twelve from each project category. The shortlists were then voted on by lighting designers online to determine the winners making the darc awards the only peer-to-peer awards in the lighting industry.

darc night installations

Pics by Sven Eselgroth Photography unless otherwise stated

LSE LIGHTING / TROUP BYWATERS & ANDERS LSE lighting partnered with the Lighting Solutions team at Troup Bywaters & Anders (TBA) to create an installation for darc night. The core aim was to create something that was both immersive and offer a photo opportunity. It is a lighting designers dream to design lighting for a dark (darc) space, this gave the team the opportunity to create something minimal and striking. To make the allocated space feel even larger they decided to use mirrors to create the illusion of an even better space. The linear concept came from the idea of creating a tunnel effect that would occupy our space and beyond.

LSE distribute for a range of lighting manufacturers. The company that TBA thought would best help them achieve the brief was ProLED with their RGB LED Flex Strip and RGB glass brick. The glass brick RGB was used to create the digital branding idea, these bricks create their own infinity effect and have DMX control as well as being IP rated. The linear strips of light combined with Proled M-Line profile with square diffuser to create a neon styled effect. The installation won the ‘best darc night installation’ vote on the night.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Troup Bywaters + Anders, Manchester office (Nick Meddows, Faye Robinson, Zoe Faulkner) Equipment ProLED RGB LED Flex Strip, ProLED RGB glass brick, Meanwell drivers (supplied by LSE Lighting)




Pic: Jim Ashley-Down

Pic: Jim Ashley-Down

Pic: Nulty+

GRIVEN / NULTY The concept for THE WAVE POOL was to design an interactive light installation and space that truly immersed people in light. Nulty+ wanted to create something that was refreshing and new, that inspired a childlike sense of wonder and play and that would manipulate mood and senses as the light changed. The piece was centred round a mirrored wall erected from a deep ceiling void to form a wave of facets and reflections that culminated into a pool of light. The pool was filled with over 9,000 translucent balls for people to submerge themselves and the team designed the light effect to mimic a ‘rainfall’, where a sequence of different coloured light

fell down through the void and dripped from the pixel sticks before spreading out into the pool. The light was able to pierce through the translucent balls flooding the swimmers inside and the area around them. With a focus on scale and interaction, the installation encouraged viewers to become participants, impacting on their perception of the environment, stimulating the imagination and changing their visual perspectives and inviting them to swim in light. Not only was the installation a success during the event it also created a wave of ‘bubble bath’ inspired pictures and took social media by storm,

winning the hearts of the so-called grown-ups of the lighting industry, who really are all kids at heart.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Nulty+ (Christina Hébert, Philip Copland, Ellie Coombs, Daniel Blaker & Emilio Hernandez) Equipment Griven - Diamond RGBW floodlight, Graph-i-Line media façade pixel sticks, Parade X RGBW linear floodlights, Ruby recessed RGBW uplights Programming Griven (Alessandro Pederzani)

darc night installations

MEGAMAN / DESIGN IN PROGRESS Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist born in 1833. Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, pianist and conductor born in the same century. They were joined together by some cheeky cockneys to form a popular rhyming slang phrase that leant itself perfectly to the goings on at the darc night bar… The installation used MEGAMAN’s 6W golf ball Dim-to-WARM LED to illuminate the lettering and the mirrored dimmable Crown Silver LED to provide a contrasting glow on the treble clef. Eaton’s lighting controls provided the perfect platform to showcase the smooth dimming curve of the

MEGAMAN Dim-to-WARM lamps. When dimmed to 10% the LEDs appeared so warm (1800K) that many commented that they ‘must be halogen’. There was also a popular interactive element to the design. With so many of the lighting and design industry’s greatest minds in attendance, it would have been a shame not to capture some of their inspiration – and so the ‘#Megathought bubble’ was born. A MEGAMAN filament lamp would light up above the head of anyone who came to offer a #Megathought - as if in a cartoon. The warm glow from the lamp illuminated the #megathought and was shared via social media.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Design in Progress (Deb Wythe) Equipment MEGAMAN 6W Golf Ball Dim-to-WARM LED, MEGAMAN 5W Dimmable Crown Silver LED, MEGAMAN 3.2W Classic A75 Filament LED lamp (2200K) Controls Eaton Lighting Controls


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Darc Awards Light Installation Design Concept

CONCORD / SPEIRS + MAJOR The Well is an experiential light installation that stimulates the memory of a day using both visual and auditory aspects of an urban lightscape. An excerpt from Paul Bowles’ Sheltering Sky projected on the entrance wall sets the tone of the piece: “Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that.

How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless...” Within a brick built shaft-like space, niches are converted into windows with curtains and flowerpots, and laundry is hung out, contributing to the illusion of life behind the panes. A fan gently animates the fabrics with natural movement. Birds sing, the sun rises. A careful blend of warm and cool coloured light appears to fill the space with daylight. The light and soundtrack shift continuously, and eventually daylight fades. Warm light begins to appear in the windows, signalling a playful transition to night.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Speirs + Major (Kerem Asfuroglu, Sam Tuck, Neville de Sa, Jack Wates, Ting Ji, Luciana Martinez, Jaime Fuentes McGreevy) Sound design Harry Wills Equipment Concord Lumistrip, Beacon; SIMES Movit Projectors Controls Enliten (Paul Simson)

darc night installations

L&L LUCE & LIGHT / LDI Gathering around a camp fire, standing around an oil drum fire, or eating around candle light, we are all drawn towards light but over time the source of light has changed from fire, to incandescent, to halogen and now LED. Warm white focused artificial light can replicate feelings of intimacy, welcoming the viewer closer and calming uncertainty of what the dark may hide. Artificial light now brings our cities and spaces alive at night more creatively than ever before, fighting back the dark, and transforming our environment. In contrast, daylight has intensity far in excess of artificial light, and its full colour spectrum bathes our world in colour daily, inviting us to use its potential alongside the

fantastic LED alternatives. Warm white Smoothy 5 fittings uplight the string trees, representing artificial lighting and creating an intimate mood lighting effect. In contrast the installation sequences at varied rates and orders to more intense cold white Bright 5 fittings, representing daylight, and reflecting colour back up from the barrel lids below. The varied reflected colours are intended to illustrate how light is made up of spectral colour wavelengths, and how the world around us reflects these colours for us to see.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Lighting Design International (Graham Rollins, Nathan Gummow, Alex Bittiner, Ben Ferris, Emily Hopper, Cristina Escofet, Theofili Machairidi, Katerina Chanioti, Gavriil Papadiotis) Equipment L&L Luce&Light Smoothy 5.0 2700K and Bright 5.0 5000K (supplied by Lightworks)


INNERMOST / ELEKTRA LIGHTING Innermost and Elektra Lighting’s installation at darc night featured the newest additions to innermost’s lighting collection. Ambient Stupa pendants by Freshwest and Latitude spotlights by Flynn Talbot floated amidst a series of illusionary funhouse mirrors. Six commanding mirrors defiantly rejected the common reality, and substituted their own. Suddenly, the same pendant lamp transformed into six different designs; the same person, into six different individuals. As one weaved in and out of the illusions presented by the mirrors, the contrasting lighting installation – with the ambient glow of Stupa lamps

against the striking outlines of the Latitude spotlights – seemed to come to life. YOYLight table lamps, also present at Innermost and Elektra Lighting’s installation, mirrored the playful theme of illusion versus reality by projecting it’s own halo of a classic lampshade onto the wall. Elektra Lighting commented: “Innermost are suppliers of a large range of creative and cool pendants. We wanted to show them off in a similar creative and cool way; not just hanging in the space, but in a way that would encourage interaction and for designers to look at them with a fresh perspective. We

created a “hall of mirrors” with the pendants reflected in each one. Using distorted circus mirrors forced people to look at the pendants in a new light, and to see them as if for the first time. To encourage this, we created a dedicated hashtag so people could take selfies and tweet them with the hashtag – with a prize for the best.”

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Elektra Lighting (Neil Knowles, Marta Michalski and Rachel Tunnicliffe) Equipment Innermost Stupa lamps, Latitude spotlights, YOYLight table lamps

darc night installations

LUCENT / MICHAEL GRUBB STUDIO Working with Lucent Lighting, Michael Grubb Studio’s (MGS) concept stemmed from the idea of celebrating ‘more than the downlight’ with particular emphasis placed on integral lighting and a hand-crafted construction process. The team CNC’d a pattern of scaling triangles that were cast out from the circular ‘Source’ in the centre of the installation. The Source was inspired by the definition of Lucent; glowing with or giving off light ‘the moon was lucent in the background’. MGS then used Artex to create a landscape texture which was side illuminated by the entire Lucent ProStrip Black range in it’s various formats. The team individually addressed the LEDs and created an

animation, which tied together with a projection. Both teams from Michael Grubb Studio and Lucent worked as one to construct the light installation and wire the 112 triangles back to the DMX drivers. Both teams enjoyed exploring ideas and solutions and were proud to create something new and different. “Finding a use for Artex was one of our proudest moments at Michael Grubb Studio!” commented Michael Grubb.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Michael Grubb Studio (Michael Grubb, Greta Smetoniute, Stuart Alexander, Matt Waugh, Alberto Romero) Equipment Lucent ProStrip Black


Pic: Arup

Pic: Arup

ZUMTOBEL / ARUP Arup and Zumtobel were co-creators of Chromatic Fantastic, the lighting installation held inside the Doodle Bar within a warehouse space in Battersea, London. As a fully functioning bar, the team had very limited installation time, completing the installation in just six hours on the day of the awards! The concept for the installation was lava and naturally occurring movement of light, as well as looking at interior space and how light can accentuate and change an environment. The installation had moving projections on the back wall, drawing people in, and created a contrasting lit effect to the ceiling. On the ceiling, linear fittings were mounted aiming up from the top

side of suspended timber blades, and created a strong colour wash. The way they were mounted upwards created a silhouette effect for any other objects on the ceiling, which added interest. The bar also had a large blackboard wall, which prompted people to ‘doodle’ on the wall. The team used this wall to write and project poetry on the wall, by a local poet Tom Mansfield on the topic of light. This poetry was reflective of the title of the piece and lit effect of the installation. In terms of lighting equipment, Zumtobel’s Hilio, Aphrodite, and Arcos projectors showed off the space in the best possible way.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Arup (Tim Hunt, Joni Foster, Lauren Blow, Signe Lindberg Iversen) Equipment Zumtobel Hilio, Aphrodite, Arcos Control Zumtobel (Colin Swinton)

darc night installations

COOLEDGE / LIGHT BUREAU The connection between music and food are many and varied, from quotes such as ‘if music be the food of love’. and of course great parties always have great food and great music. However we are told from an early age not to play with our food, we want to give the participants of darc night a chance to not only play with their food but play with light. The installation designed and built in partnership between Light Bureau, an award-winning lighting design and consulting studio, and Cooledge Lighting, manufacturer of the industry’s first Flexible LED Light Sheet Technology. Inspired by the piano and trying to create an interface where the

guests could latterly play light as an instrument. The system was designed so that when visitors touched the fruits, they affected and essentially controlled the illumination of selected album covers. Because of the responsive nature of the installation, the lighting continually changed depending on each individual’s interaction with the lighting installation. Light Bureau designed the installation and used Cooledge LINE and SQUARE light sheets as standalone decorative fixtures that could be easily suspended from the ceiling. Others hung from the TESTBED1 bar wall and a special illuminated counter-top was created to house the wireless interactive lighting

controls. Throughout the evening, darc night attendees were able to control their environment, introduce light into the relationship between music and objects, and enjoy playing with their food.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Light Bureau (Valeria Surrente, Joe Vose, Emilios Farrington-Arnas, Paloma Pulmed Martin) Equipment Cooledge Lighting LINE & SQUARE Controls & Technical Support Cooledge Lighting (Gianmarco Spiga)


Pic: Electrolight

Pic: Electrolight

Pic: Lumino

Pic: Electrolight

LUMINO / ELECTROLIGHT Darkness is the absence of light. That was the conceptual premise for Umbra and Penumbra - a two-part bespoke lighting installation created by Electrolight with Lumino for the Darc Awards in London. Light is not just an optical perception; it’s a psychological influence on the human experience. We live in an environment that is ever-changing; every day we experience natural light and artificial light within the context of darkness. Umbra and Penumbra represent opposing views from the same location above London at an elevation of 18km. Umbra is a work that celebrates the natural light of a thousand twinkling

stars in the dark infinity of space. The constellations that were visible from the awards venue - on the awards night are represented. The work explores how the oldest light in the universe is visible only against the darkness and infinity of space. Penumbra is a work which reflects a more personal relationship with light. The edges of our city, populous and animated; a work of art meticulously created by the human hand. In the absence of natural light we create our own tapestry of light as rich as the skies above.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept Electrolight (Maria Rosaria Favoino, Christopher Knowlton, Jackson Stigwood) Equipment & Fabrication Lumino (Chris Small, Iaroslav Vychemirski, Jago Wickers)

darc night installations

Pic: Andy White

Pic: dpa

Pic: dpa

KKDC / DPA “Light is our guide. Light assists when darkness falls. But what if light were a barrier? An obstruction? Enter the Light Tunnel, where you must find your own way.� Light Tunnel creates the illusion of a seemingly impassable route by utilising a series of full height lit vertical lines placed carefully so the participant perceives a barrier that prohibits them from travelling through. The use of mirrors to the ceiling, walls and the edges of the lit profiles provides infinite inter-reflections, extending reality and the sense of obstruction so one is left to discover the pre-defined passage. Dynamic control of the installation alters the appearance of the Light

Tunnel, ensuring continuous way finding adjustment amongst the blurred visual boundaries. The installation used homogenous illuminated double faced RGB & tunable white LiNi Glow XL modules complete with mirrored side facias. Each light element was installed at floor to ceiling within a secondary tunnel structure designed to conceal the existing building fabric with mirrors continuing along the entire ceiling length.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept dpa (Nicholas Belfield, Michael Curry, Tommaso Gimigliano, Shayne Grist, Ingo Kalecinski) Equipment KKDC LiNi-M XL 208 (2300K & 3800K), LiNi Glow XL 501 (RGB) Control Tom Hall & DPA using Nicolaudie and KKDC visDIM DMX Sub-Controllers


REGGIANI / BDP BDP’s Manchester based lighting team focused on the element of ‘fun and games’ when it came to designing their installation for the darc awards. With the area already playing host to a series of table tennis and foosball tables, the theme was extended so guests would be able to immerse themselves in much loved games and have some fun! The heart of the space featured a pingpong ball installation suspended above the tables with RGB spots at high-level. The installation extended across the width of the space connecting the tables together. A small seating area featured oversized playing cards, a hearts and diamonds window display and suspended pendants from high

level. The pendants featured an array of transparent dangling hearts / diamonds, providing a subtle sparkle whilst also localising the lighting to the games on the tables below. Childhood favourite board games featured Connect4 and a bespoke version of guess who; ‘A Lighting Designers Special’. Continuing with the card theme, a joker silhouette was located towards the rear of the space featuring the BDP – Reggiani branding. Lastly, the floor featured a way-finding pac man game for guests to navigate around the space.

CREDITS Lighting design and concept BDP (Rhiannon West, Katja Nurminen and Katerina Konsta) Equipment Reggiani YORI Track and Spot, UNISIO, ROLL IOS

darc awards trophy design

Pics: Kerem Asfuroglu

APPLELEC / KEREM ASFUROGLU When we were considering the design of the darc awards trophy we knew we had to come up with something different that involved light. For us there was only one designer to turn to... Kerem Asfuroglu of Speirs + Major who had created all the artwork for the awards from his Dark Source stories. Kerem Asfuroglu commented: “I felt privileged designing the darc awards trophy. It was great fun collaborating with darc / mondo*arc and Applelec on this bespoke project. I never liked trophies that utilised light as a decoration rather than considering it as a source. A trophy for the lighting design community had to represent an intimate form of light like a candle, which was my initial inspiration. Often trophies are ruined by the amount of inscription and advertisement all over them. This design needed an industrial

look which meant that it had to be decoration-free. It had to be the light which hints you where to find the information, so we decided to embed the inscription label with the light source. Materiality and weight are the key aspects of any transportable object, that is why we wanted the trophy to feel raw and sturdy. 3mm thick cast-steel made this possible. Rough inner finish provided the textured surface for the light to reveal. Having a cut out image from the steel tube provided depth and contrast to the design. This design came to life thanks to the brilliant engineering and production work done by Applelec. They have done an excellent job in realising the trophy exactly how I envisaged it. Circular LED sheet and the gear was designed and manufactured with precision. The inscription label is designed by

graphic designer Hasan Gozlugol and manufactured by Applelec.” Keri Handley of Applelec commented: “We thoroughly enjoyed our role as manufacturer of the darc awards invitations and trophies. We loved Kerem’s design for the trophies and his use of small discs of our LED Light Sheet product to illuminate winner details positioned inside each trophy felt fresh and original. We’d like to thank Premier Laser Tube of Leeds who cut Kerem’s artwork into mild steel tubing as part of the creation of the trophies; apparently it was the strangest job they’d ever done!”

CREDITS Trophy design and concept Kerem Asfuroglu Inscription Hasan Gozlugol Manufacturer Applelec

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