Concord illuminates Titanic Belfast
Concord has supplied over 400 of its Torus spotlights and Myriad V downlights to the Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, which portrays the story of history’s most famous liner. The lighting scheme, designed by Sutton Vane Associates, makes theatrical use of light and shade to deliver a first class visitor experience.
Located on Queen’s Island at the entrance of Belfast Lough, Titanic Belfast stands where the shipbuilders Harland and Wolff constructed the huge slipways to accommodate the simultaneous construction of the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic liners. Lighting designers, Sutton Vane Associates (SVA), was commissioned to provide lighting designs for all public spaces within and around the Titanic Belfast. This includes the main atrium, banqueting, circulation and pre-function spaces as well as permanent exhibitions and temporary galleries, the lifts, restrooms, external spaces and the building façade. The theatrical use of light, provided by Concord’s Torus spotlights and Myriad V downlights attractively illuminates the museum’s precious artefacts and elegant building structure.
The launch of Titanic Belfast to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic maiden voyage challenged SVA with a tight and strict deadline for the project completion. The lighting strategy for the building reflects and supports the narrative of the Titanic story, and develops a sense of identity for the building and its surrounding spaces with energy efficient lighting that is sustainable and easy to maintain.
One of the most impressive areas is the ballroom and banqueting hall, modelled to look as similar as possible to the original RMS Titanic’s interior – incorporating chandeliers and a replica staircase made famous by the Titanic feature film. To successfully light these eye-catching pieces and keep them as true to life as possible, a combination of 159 Concord Myriad V 50 recessed downlights and 246 Concord Torus 100FX low voltage recessed spotlights were used.