The 30 finalists in the lighting design awards 2007 have now been announced. Top design practices such a BDP Lighting, Arup Associate, Pinniger & Partners, DPA and Lighting Design International all vie for top awards alongside some innovative newcomers.
Projects shortlisted include the lighting of a 56 metre luxury yacht, a tennis museum, three churches and two bridges.
A scheme at the Emirates Stadium by Kate Wilkins and Virgin’s luxury Upper Class Lounge at Heathrow by Isometrix Lighting + Design both make the cut in the Leisure category while hotly tipped Saint Paul’s cathedral causes no surprises in the Heritage section.
In the entertainment category Robbie Williams having made the grade for the second year running is battling with Pink and Glyndebournes’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte for top honours. While over in the innovations section, major manufacturers include Hoffmeister, Thorn, We-Ef, Siteco, Concord:marlin, Harvard, GE and Lamina.
Each finalist has come through an extremely rigorous judging process. Representatives from the judging panel completed over 50 site visits to the long listed finalists. There are three different judging panels, one for projects, one for innovation and one for entertainment. Each panel has relevant experts and all are working practitioners in their respective fields. A difficult achievement considering there were over 20% more entries this year, which were located throughout the British Isles.
The winners will be announced at a celebratory evening on the 15 March at the London Hilton Park Lane. The venue will seat 800 to dine and with bookings already well in excess of 600 the organisers are recommending those who wish to attend to reserve their places as soon as possible.
“The Lighting Design Awards have proved to be a great opportunity for all the top people in lighting to network and celebrate. This year with our move to the Hilton and 800 guests it is going to be a fantastic night” said, Liz Morris, the Event Director.
The Lighting Design Awards is organised by Emap, the publisher of Lighting magazine, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers. They are supported by the Lighting Industry Federation and Plasa.
The categories are divided into two categories; projects and innovations and the finalists in all categories are:
Lighting for Leisure
The Cuckoo Club, London – Lighting design by Blacksheep and Into Lighting
The Diamond Club, Emirates Stadium, London – Kate Wilkins
Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Lounge, Heathrow – Isometrix Lighting + Design
The Brunswick Centre, London – Pinniger & Partners
Queens Walk, London – Speirs and Major Associates
Young Vic, London – DHA Designs
Central Park, Manchester – Indigo Light Planning
Clifton Suspension Bridge – Pinniger & Partners
Light at the End of the Tunnel, London – Southwark Council
Louis T Blouin Arts Foundation, London – Campbell Design
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea – David Atkinson Lighting Design
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, London – DHA Designs
Harry Winston, London – Campbell Design
The Lab, Farnham – Elektra Lighting
Louis Vuitton Roll-Out – Arup Lighting
Hammerson Head Office, London – Lighting Design International
Palestra, London – Pinniger & Partners
The Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University – BDP Lighting
Parliament View, Westminster – VBK Lighting Consultants
Wimbledon Residence, London – Inverse Lighting Design
Rosehearty – Isometrix Lighting + Design
All Saints Church, Carshalton – Light Perceptions
All Souls Church, London – Martin Richman and Tony Cooper represented by Luxx Lighting
Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London – Speirs and Major Associates
Eastside Lighting Festival, Birmingham – Elda+ Workshop Team
London Oasis, London Architecture Biennale – Arup Lighting
The Sackler Crossing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – Speirs and Major Associates
Buddakan Restaurant, New York – Isometrix Lighting + Design
High Museum of Art, Atlanta – Arup Lighting
Reiss, Stockholm – Jason Bruges Studio
Così Fan Tutte, Glyndebourne – Paule Constable
Pink ‘I’m Still Alive’ tour – Baz Halpin and Mark Fisher
Robbie Williams ‘Close Encounters’ tour – Al Gurdon
Elli.bi – Hoffmeister
LED Emergency Lighting System – Concord:marlin
Novaluna S – Siteco
Orus – Thorn Lighting
Rail 66 – We-Ef Lighting
Terreno hi.vertical – Hoffmeister
Light Sources and Control Gear
ConstantColor CMH SuperMini – GE Consumer & Industrial
LeafNut – Harvard Engineering
Titan LED Light Engine – Lamina Ceramics
The diverse judging panel of experts from all areas of lighting design includes:
In the projects category: Peter Le Manquais, Managing Director, Wila Lighting; John Bullock an Independent Lighting Designer; Sharon Stammers, former Senior Lighting Designer at Phoenix Large/Lightmatters; Mike Simpson, Technical and Design Director, Philips Lighting; Ray Molony, Editor, Lighting magazine and Chris Hardy, Head of Lighting at Bournemouth Borough Council.
In the innovations category: Alex Lifschutz, Principal Architect, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands; David Morgan, Product Designer and principal, David Morgan Associates; Des O’Donovan, Senior Lighting Designer, DHA Designs; Tom Webster, Technical Support Manager, DW Windsor; David Burton, former Head of Lighting at London Underground and director, Fifth Dimension Associates and Faye Robinson, Principal Lighting Designer, Troup Bywaters and Anders.