The Winners 2015

Light Source of the Year

WINNER: LED light engine – Soraa

Soraa’s LED light engines make it possible for full-visible spectrum light to be incorporated into LED fixtures. Their Point Source Optics create uniform beams of high intensity. They are compatible with SNAP System, magnetic accessories to adjust the colour, shape and beam direction in restaurant, retail, hospitality, museum and residential applications.

Soraa says its light engines help customers turn their ordinary integral or retrofit light fittings into brilliant, energy-efficient fixtures with excellent light quality.

Lighting Controls Product of the Year

WINNER: Iridium Gen3 with CityTouch LightWave – Philips Lighting

Iridium gen3 is an intelligent luminaire for seamless connectivity. Just fit the luminaire and control it from a distance using the CityTouch management software.

Installation has three steps: install the spigot, plug in the mains, tilt and close the luminaire. The luminaire is available in a range of lumen packages, optical designs and colour temperatures. Iridium gen3 can be connected with CityTouch LightWave without any additional hardware, communicating over the public mobile network.

Exterior Luminaire of the Year

WINNER: Trick – iGuzzini

An original idea by designer Dean Skira brought to life by iGuzzini’s optical engineers. Trick is a completely new LED form factor. When off, it’s an unassuming circle – or semicircle – sticking out from a surface.

Switch it on, and it projects an unbroken 360-degree band of light around the ceiling, walls and floor. It can be tuned to skip the wall it’s mounted on and just light the opposite wall, ceiling and floor. Effects include light blade, wall washer and radial.

Interior Luminaire of the Year

WINNER: String Light for Flos by Michael Anastassiades

The String Light ceiling lamp is minimal and poetic like a pencil line drawn in the air, an original suspension luminaire, both conceptually simple and bold at the same time. Anastassiades describes the principle that inspired the lamp: a black electric wire that becomes part of the lines formed by the walls of a room.

Stretched out along these lines are two different light sources: one an isosceles triangle, the other a sphere.

Manufacturer of the Year

WINNER: iGuzzini

Guzzini, established in 1959, manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting luminaires, and is now the leading Italian company and one of the leaders in Europe in the lighting design sector.

Since the early years, products were designed in collaboration with leading architects and designers. And, because designing indoor lighting and outdoor lighting requires a knowledge of all aspects linked to the quality of the lit environment, iGuzzini has also collaborated with researchers, doctors, sociologists and physicists from major international research bodies.

Exterior Lighting Project of the Year

WINNER: King’s Cross Square, London – studioFRACTAL

Kings Cross Square is the final part of the £550 million redevelopment of Kings Cross.

The project includes a 7,000m2 plaza, new entrances to the Western Concourse, entrances to the underground station, exits and colonnades from Kings Cross platforms, highway illumination and architectural definition to the existing historic façade as well as new service and retail structures in the square. The square is a now an important meeting place for railway passengers and local residents and pedestrians.

Workplace Project of the Year

WINNER: PricewaterhouseCoopers, One Embankment Place, London – ChapmanBDSP

One Embankment Place has been completely transformed to meet the needs of PwC for another 15 years. It is designed to encourage and support new ways of working, and with the highest sustainability rating for a commercial office building in the UK.

The atria have been opened up – allowing daylight to flood through the floors. This, combined with improved visitor and staff facilities, including new meeting rooms, client lounge and restaurant, has given PwC a sustainable building that meets their requirements.

Public Building Project of the Year

WINNER: Heathrow Terminal 2, London – studioFRACTALand Hoare Lea Lighting

The £2.5 billion Terminal 2 is the latest project in Heathrow Airport’s growing estate. The client’s brief required the extensive use of natural and artificial light to achieve sustainability targets.

Hoare Lea provided daylighting designs and concepts. StudioFRACTAL was engaged for production lighting designs, designs for the covered court and car park, and commissioning for the entire project. It also developed a lighting strategy that linked the terminal to the covered court and car park.

Leisure Project of the Year

WINNER: Everyman Theatre, Liverpool – DHA Designs

The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool reopened in 2014 after an extensive refurbishment. The lighting installation includes the external facade and interior front-of-house spaces.

The interior lighting had to be unique to the theatre. The architect was keen to introduce a family of quirky fixtures, from surface-mounted or suspended metal disc fixtures, to the raising and lowering pendant system used in the basement bar. The solution was developed and manufactured by Mike Stoane Lighting.

Retail Project of the Year

WINNER: Kent & Curwen, London – IlluminationWorks

Gentleman’s outfitters Kent & Curwen has revamped its shops following its purchase in 2012. The new store concept had to be contemporary and youthful, with a not to the company’s history.

IlluminationWorks created a lighting concept at the flagship to replicate around the world. A mix of metal halide and halogen sources is used. Metal halide to give intensity to the product and halogen to add warmth to the rich material palette of the clothing. Seamless fluorescents are detailed into ceiling rafts.

In association with acdc

Hotels and Restaurants Project of the Year

WINNER: Fera at Claridges, London – Lighting Design International

The objective was to create an elegant, young and fresh restaurant in the double height space in the art deco splendor of Claridge’s. Lighting Design International worked with the interior designer to celebrate the art deco styling by concealing the latest technology into all the details.

The Rotunda’s ribbed glass entrance to the main restaurant is backlit using tuneable white LED strip. In the dark ‘ventilation grilles’ are the remote-controlled pinspots that focus on every table.

In association with Orluna

Heritage Lighting Project of the Year

WINNER: Dining Hall, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge – Hoare Lea Lighting

Hoare Lea Lighting designed and implemented the lighting for the 14th century dining hall at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The scheme was based on the idea of a controlled ambient/task lighting backdrop, acting as a ‘dark canvas’ on which to highlight architectural elements.

Six LED track-mounted adjustable downlights on high-level trusses provide general illumination. Architectural details contain LED profiles to uplight the walls and graze the vaulted ceiling. The paintings have a dedicated LED system.

Low Carbon Project of the Year

WINNER: Cundall, Birmingham – CundallLight4

The lighting energy consumption of the Cathedral Court office is the lowest Cundall has ever achieved – at just under 4W/m2. The design embraces specific lighting solutions for specific tasks and each area of the office.

The scheme uses a combination of LEDs and fluorescents. Fluorescent sources are more efficient for indirect/direct suspended lighting, and LEDs are better in downlights, spotlights and directional pendants.The controls are automatic where appropriate but allow adjustments using a handheld unit.

Daylight Project of the Year

WINNER: Heathrow Terminal 2, London – Hoare Lea Lighting

The £2.5 billion Terminal 2 – the Queen’s Terminal – is the latest project in Heathrow Airport’s growing estate. Spatial distribution of daylight is not uniform, and 3D mountain plots and sections revealed how daylight changes throughout the space and the roof shape was modified to maximise the ingress of daylight.

The 54,000m2 undulating roof with north-facing roof lights captures daylight, but blocks direct sunlight. Daylight floods the space and ensures a bright, dramatic environment for passengers.

Special Projects of the Year

WINNER: Emergence, Heathrow Terminal 2, London – Cinimod Studio

Emergence is a large lighting sculpture for Caviar House & Prunier, a physical interpretation of a shoal of fish frozen in time, and digitally reanimated by light.

The structure comprises bespoke LED arcs spiralling 13 metres up to the ceiling, made from​ engineered carbon fibre composites. Individual brightness control per LED wasn’t practical so an abstraction layer of manipulated video frames was used, stored on the controllers. Fluid displays can be maintained in real-time using little bandwidth.

In association with Creative Technology

International Project of the Year – Exterior

WINNER: BCP Affinity, Lima, Peru – Claudia Paz Lighting Studio and Nicholas Cheung Studio

BCP Affinity is an interactive three dimensional façade installation on the Banco de Crédito building in Lima, Peru. The installation consists of a 3D façade canvas with six layers of LEDs, the interactive LED outdoor podium with multi-touch sensors and the interactive and lighting control systems.

The outermost layer consists of large Philips ArchiPoint nodes that are visible in daylight. The next five layers of LEDs are finer points of light, held in strings of 10 LEDs using Philips Flex MX.

In association with Oldham Lighting

International Project of the Year – Interior

WINNER: La Ciudad de los Libros, Mexico – Luz en Arquitectura

The defining characteristic of this cultural centre in Mexico City is a series of small and large patios, that lighting designer Luz en Architectura sought to illuminate using modern technology.

Projectors with cool colour temperatures are aimed down from the structures. They contrast with the warm light colour of the pendants in the collonaded walkways. In the library the shelves have been lit individually, and a skylight lights up when sun sets.

In association with LED Linear

Client of the Year

WINNER: Heathrow Airport

Heathrow has a long history of employing specialist lighting designers on their key developments. It has also created a design strategy document, a key section of which sets out the aesthetic and functional requirements for lighting.

Barry Weekes was responsible for creating and the ongoing communication and implementation of this document to ensure that project teams consider lighting design in the early stages and carry it through into delivery. During construction, Heathrow also insists that lighting designers have an input.

​Lighting Designer of the Year

WINNER: Tim Downey, studioFRACTAL

The judges say Tim Downey is a lighting designer of the highest calibre and experience who is ‘an unsung hero’ of the sector. His two major recent projects, Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 and the King’s Cross Square, London, demonstrate his judgement, creativity and attention to detail. They describe the latter project as a step change in lighting for the public realm. His work on Terminal 2, meanwhile, was cogent, creative and extremely successful in creating a lit environment that works for all occupants of the space. The team he leads at studioFRACTAL produces an extraordinarily diverse range of designs for both exterior and interior projects. His work is backed up by a cogent philosophy of what lighting needs to achieve in architecture.