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SPHERES OF INFLUENCE Having developed the Lighting Masterplan for the Olympic Park and Olympic Athlete’s Village for 2012, Speirs + Major was appointed to work on the ‘Transformation’ as part of the competition winning team led by James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) and MAKE. Speirs + Major developed the conceptual ideas for the lighting and then specified and detailed the routes, open spaces and landscape elements for the reinvented public space. Michael Grubb Studio were then asked to deliver the project by contractors SKANSKA, and worked tirelessly to ensure that Speirs + Major’s ideas were brought to life. Positioned as a new heart for East London, the park is the latest addition to London’s impressive array of open green spaces. The design from the JCFO/MAKE team has delivered a diverse and exciting public place, integrating the iconic sporting venues and attractions with parklands, waterways, and numerous play spaces for people to enjoy.

For Speirs + Major, 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. They also looked to see how existing equipment from the games could potentially be re-used wherever possible. The centrepiece of the lighting approach is a unique catenary system developed for the Promenade - the main navigation route that stretches from Orbit Plaza, home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, through to Carpenters Lock. Here, Speirs + Major proposed a dappled light from ethereal moon-like spheres suspended over the pathway, framed by gently highlighted tree canopies to each side. The interior of each sphere is painted with a colour that gradually shifts in shades from blue to green over the length of the promenade - a painterly technique used to create a sense of depth of field and lend

aerial perspective to the vista. The effect is reminiscent of light filtering through a forest canopy, and has an engaging and playful character, animating people with light and dark as they stroll along the pathway. The other elements of the park are each treated with respect to their purpose and desired character. Routes, hubs, open spaces and landscape elements have all been considered with a layered approach that takes in amenity lighting where needed for safety and sense of security, and adds highlights to landscape elements such as swing seats and abacus ladders to bring moments of playfulness and warmth and add legibility. www.speirsandmajor.com www.michaelgrubbstudio.com

Notable suppliers: Mike Stoane, Xicato, Philips, Bega, acdc, iGuzzini, SH Structures

mondo*arc Oct/Nov 2014 - Issue 81  

mondo*arc is the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design. Targeted specifically at the lighting specification market...

mondo*arc Oct/Nov 2014 - Issue 81  

mondo*arc is the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design. Targeted specifically at the lighting specification market...