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Six teams of top global architecture firms battle to light up London’s bridges

Six finalists from the U.K., U.S., and France are competing for a $24.8 million commission which will see their designs be used to illuminate all 17 bridges that span the River Thames in central London. Battling for the dazzling commission is David Adjaye, Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A), Sam Jacob Studio, and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands from London, along with New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Lyon-based practice Les Éclairagistes Associés. Initially, 105 teams had entered the Illuminated River competition run by Malcolm Reading Consultants. The winners will see their lighting proposals realized as a permanent installation that aims to "breath new life" into the Thames. Chair of the Illuminated River Foundation, Hannah Rothschild said on the competition's website:
Since the founding of London, the mighty Thames has been the city’s main artery, linking north and south, east and west, encouraging business, activity and recreation. But at night, the river becomes a ribbon of darkness, a place that few enjoy and at odds with the ambition to make London a 24 hour city. This project will bring light, energy, beauty and recreation to the river and at the flick of a switch, transform the city at night.
Despite waxing lyrical, Rothschild's words did not impress critic Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian. "[It’s] simply not true. The river already shines with a series of conflicting color schemes that speaks more of London’s chaotic character than a curated nightly show," he said. Wainwright also poured scorn on Adjaye's proposal, remarking that the 17 pavilions the architect proposes alongside each of the bridges adds "more clutter to the streetscape." The project will be privately funded. So far, though, $11.8 million is still required. It's also worth pointing out that the infamously costly (and not yet built) Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick started life in a similar vein. The shortlisted six's videos can be found below meanwhile images are in the gallery above. Blurring Boundaries Adjaye Associates with Cai Guo-Qiang, Chris Ofili, Larry Bell, Jeremy Deller, Philippe Parreno, Richard Woods, Mariko Mori, Lorna Simpson, Teresita Fernández, Joana Vasconcelos, Angela Bulloch, Thukral & Tagra, Katharina Grosse, Glenn Ligon, Doug Aitken, Tomás Saraceno, onedotzero digital consultants, Plan A Consultants, DHA, Hurley Palmer Flatt, AKT II, AECOM, Arup, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tavernor Consultancy, DP9, Four Communications, Hayes Davidson digital visualizers, Bosch, and iGuzzini.
The Eternal Story of the River Thames AL_A, Asif Kapadia, Simon Stephens, SEAM Design, Arup, GROSS. MAX., Mark Filip, Soundings, and DP9.
Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Oliver Beer, Arup, Copper Consultancy, L’Observatoire International, Penoyre & Prasad, Jennifer Tipton, and Transsolar.
Thames Nocturne Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens with Studio Dekka, Daisy Froud, Elliott Wood, Jackson Coles, and Professor John Tyrer.
A River Ain’t Too Much To Light Les Éclairagistes Associés (L.E.A.), ecqi ltd. and Federico Pietrella in association with GVA Lighting Europe Limited and ewo srl.
Current Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace. Atelier Ten, Beckett Rankine, Bradley Hemmings, Core Five, Futurecity, Greenwich +Docklands International Festival, MBNA Thames Clippers, Montagu Evans, Pentagram, and Price & Myers.
Winners are due to be announced in early December with work on the 17 bridges being completed in phases between 2018 and 2020.
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Product>outdoor lighting

When night falls, outdoor lighting can provide a sense of safety or romantic ambiance, or even change the design of an entire space. These innovative products offer endless applications.

LED Floodlights BEGA

The symmetrical light distribution of this product is ideal for illuminating squares, plazas, or other open areas. Additional single or twin adjustable, high-performance LED floodlights can be used to accentuate facades, trees, or other design elements. The fixtures are made of die-cast and extruded aluminum, available in four finishes.

Wiremold Outdoor Charging Station Legrand

The perfect solution for college and corporate campuses, as well as other highly trafficked public spaces, Wiremold stations include combinations of standard GFCI power outlets and USB outlets, in addition to LED lighting. The stations are available with device storage shelves and come in three standard finishes, with custom options.

Ipnos LED Outdoor Floor/Table Lamp FLOS

Part sculpture, part mood lighting, Ipnos is modeled after traditional paper lanterns. A top plate could easily be attached to the ultralight metal box to turn this lamp into a table.

EDGE Wet Pinnacle Architectural Lighting

Building off of EDGE Evolution, Pinnacle created EDGE Wet to offer a clean, slim design in an indoor-outdoor luminaire that could withstand the elements. EDGE Wet is available in three- and six-inch apertures in both direct and bi-directional light distributions.

Outsider Outdoor Floor Global Lighting

When designer Jacco Maris discovered 500 headlights salvaged from Russian tractors, he was inspired to create his original line of interior floor lamps, which has now been translated into an outdoor version, available in black, silver, and white aluminum.

Ashbery Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Landscape Forms

Robert A.M. Stern Architects was inspired by the archetypal gas lamps that illuminated America’s streets and parks in the era before electric lighting—not in an overtly romantic way but rather aiming to reinterpret their purposeful elegance for our own time, according to Daniel Lobitz, a partner at the firm. A separate LED element set with an open metal frame resembles a flame and casts beautiful, even light.

KicK Architectural Area Lighting

The award-winning KicK collection has been expanded to include mini sizes, including new wall-mount and bollard options. KicK’s unique design and fully shielded optical system make it the first angled luminaire capable of IES distributions without any uplight.

Steplights Collection CSL

Available in bronze, silver, or white finishes, these step lights are UL listed for wet locations and range in size from 2.5 to 6 inches to accommodate a variety of different spaces. For beachside applications, four of the nine styles have an amber-light option, making them sea turtle friendly.

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Roll & Hill lighting showroom, designed by architecture firm Husband Wife, opens in Soho

Brooklyn lighting company Roll & Hill is opening its first-ever showroom in Manhattan’s Soho district May 14. Together with architecture firm Husband Wife, with which the company previously partnered for its Euroluce stand in Milan, and designer Jason Miller, Roll & Hill created a space that reflected its boutique offerings. Founder Jason Miller established the company in 2010 to offer high-quality local craftsmanship (the factory is located in Sunset Park) to a mass audience—working with independent designers such as Lindsey Adelman, Fort Standard, Philippe Malouin, and Formafantasma. The showroom is meant to be a reflection of its luxury wares: “I think lighting often acts as a counterpoint to architecture. I have heard it described as ‘jewelry for the home,’ and I wanted to create an environment that would allow the lights to do just that,” said Miller.

To achieve this effect, the building was completely gutted and elegantly redone in white open spaces punctuated by simple fluted columns, oblong archways, delicate staircases, and gently curving walls. The 4,000-square-foot, four-story showroom opens with a first floor that functions like a traditional gallery (“Without the stuffiness,” Miller clarified), while the second floor is viewed as the “library floor” and the third floor “has a sexy ’70s vibe,” both with plush carpets and wood paneling, accompanied by exclusively designed furniture by Miller, Malouin, and Finn Juhl. “I was looking for a place…that felt intimate. I think it does exactly what I was hoping.”

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Product> It’s Lit: Sleek, Minimalist Lighting Design

These understated architectural lighting fixtures enhance any space both indoors and out. Minimalist design adds interest, without detracting from other elements. LED Pillar Luminaires Bega A new series of LED pendants featuring a velvet black housing finish and highly efficient LED source, the Pillar luminaires come in a choice of three interior metal paint finishes: aluminum, copper, and brass with three-ply, hand-blown opal glass that elegantly diffuses light. Slotlight LED II Zumtobel This collection of highly versatile lighting products allows a range of different lighting effects to be achieved in a space, all with a cohesive look. The design possibilities are endless, as all of the pieces can be customized in terms of length and light output. Razar LED Generation Bollard U.S. Architectural Lighting Available in single and twin head models, the Bollard design can be utilized to illuminate pathways and driveways as well as larger outdoor areas. It stands at 42 inches high in cast aluminum that is suitable for all environments. The fixture contains low drive currents and robust cooling fans that keep the surface temperature cool to the touch even after hours of operation. Stilo Targetti Perfect for highlighting walls and facades, the Stilo sconce, made of die-cast aluminum, is available in two styles. The flat configuration allows for a combination of effects including elliptical, asymmetrical, effect, and super-spot. Both styles have wattages that range from 11 watts to 33 watts. Kju Circle Selux Kju Circle comes in the option of a wall-mounted sconce or as a pendant with direct or direct-indirect lighting options. The opal covers allow for a diffused uniform illumination that can be used in corporate, hospitality, and retail scenarios. Adena Eklipse Architectural Lighting Available in two versions, single or square, the Adena fixture is ideal for highlighting products in retail and commercial spaces. The fixture length and stem height are made-to-measure, and several light shapes are offered with or without pixels.
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Product>Beauty and Brains: Lighting that checks all the boxes

These lighting fixtures are the best of both worlds—not only do they enhance the look of any environment, they also can be controlled with little to no effort. Circle of Light Flos A ceiling recessed aluminum ring of LED spotlights creates a luminous glow in open spaces. The Circle of light is offered in three diameters—300 millimeters, 600 millimeters, and 900 millimeters, which all offer a temperature of 2,700/3,000 kilowatts, 185/268 total lumen, and a CRI of 90/80. Adorne Beyond Beige Legrand One of the latest interior design trends has been a return to soft, neutral palettes. Legrand has expanded the color options for their wall plates to include six new earth tones that are available in 1- to 6-gang sizes, which support up to 12 functions. Wink Modular Lighting Instruments Designed by Couvreur.Devos, the name is a cheeky nod to the often-comical ways in which a wink can be interpreted. The semirecessed fixture offers a symmetrical or asymmetrical lighting effect, with a wall-wash option. It is available in white or a black-grained finish. Decora Digital Controls Leviton Equipped with Bluetooth technology, the digital controls can be paired with an app to dim lights as well as program-timed events that can automatically adjust for sunrise and sunset times as well as daylight saving time. There is no need for a hub, gateway, or internet connection as all functions can be controlled with the use of a smartphone, tablet, or optional remote. Parco Bollard Hess America With its sleek curved design, Parco provides uniform illumination for pathways up to 10 feet wide. The bollard satisfies IES-recommended light levels and uniformity requirements for use in urban and commercial settings as well as LEED lighting zones. Ivalo Aliante Sconce Lutron Inspired by nautical elements, the minimalist fixture is available in 4- and 5-foot options that can be used in both interior and exterior spaces. It is now available in a 3,000 kilowatt color temperature, which allows for a whiter light, in addition to the 2,700 kilowatt and 3,500 kilowatt options.
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Product> Shine Bright: Architectural Lighting

Advances in LED technology allow for brighter stars outdoors and perfect clarity within, while providing stylish points of interest. Nova Modular Suspension Edge Lighting The Nova Modular Suspension system is highly adaptable to any commercial or residential environment and can be configured in nearly any pattern because of its ability to run from 4 to 120 inches in 2.4-inch increments. It is compatible with a variety of connectors and is available in six color temperatures from 24 kilowatts to 57 kilowatts. Teardrop Glass Nathan Allan Glass Studios Teardrop architectural glass is the first “texture less” kiln formed glass of its kind. It provides more than adequate levels of opacity and privacy, while allowing ample streams of light to effectively brighten the office interiors. Eggboard Artemide This two-in-one piece won the iF product design award for 2016 and offers both a high number of low-voltage LEDs and sound-absorbing capabilities. It is available in two sizes and three colorways to fully adapt to the needs of each room. Hex Creative Systems Lighting Geometric shapes have been popular as of late and can easily be incorporated with this hexagonal fixture, which is available in two sizes and countless finishes. Constructed of a stamped aluminum housing with a molded acrylic lens, this dimmable wall and flush mount is also safe to use in damp or wet locations. Stellina Amerlux The Stellina fixture is made of a 1.5-inch-thick extruded aluminum housing and is available in a variety of customizable options including as a direct pendant, indirect pendant, or low fixture. Additionally it is available in a range of custom color finishes and can be equipped with integrated Enlighted Smart Sensors. Castor Bollard Luminaire Erco This sleek outdoor luminaire can project light either 180 degrees for pathways or a full 360 degrees for open areas and is available in two different sizes. The product’s special Dark Sky technology prevents light from being diffused above the intended area, cutting down on glare.
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No two walks under this responsive installation in a bridge above the High Line will ever be the same

The High Line in New York is spinning off art projects on all sides. For those seeking an immersive architectural walk, tailored to the conditions of their surroundings, a non-discrete bridge in Chelsea may be the answer. https://vimeo.com/150895684 It may be only a small-scale intervention, but a public bridge running next to the High Line now houses a scintillating display of interior lighting. During the day and from an external perspective, the bridge appears mundane, dated even, and of no particular interest. Step inside however, and the bridge comes to life. Taking responsive architecture to the extreme, the 70-by-10-foot installation called Prismatic_NYC utilizes 66 individual prisms, each individually powered by a brushless motor. Subsequently 40,000 integrated LED’s beam across the bridge in a wave-like form. Prismatic_NYC is the work of Hyphen-Labs working alongside IA Interior Architects installed an array of rotating light prisms within the structure. The light show isn’t static either. Using online weather sources, the display responds to changes in the local climate awarding each user a unique experience. A staggering amount data is accumulated to achieve this. Cloud cover, wind speed, humidity, and the accumulation or intensity of precipitation, frequency, speed, and position of the "light-wave," to name a few, go into the installation's lightscape. To amplify the experience further, the designers behind Prismatic_NYC stated that "temperature changes generate a noise function that develops the sculptures color and light behavior." And in order to be in tune with seasonal/holiday moods, a built-in calendar checks for seasons and holidays, sunrises and sunsets, tidal movements, and lunar and celestial events. In theory, no walk through the bridge should ever be the same on different occasions. As a result, the fully enclosed bridge hence connects travellers to the conditions outside while providing them with shelter. One can easily imagine hearing the rain from inside, or seeing the sun set and being exposed to the structures interpretations. "Prismatic allows us to meditate on the beauty of light, geometry, and waveforms.  Each side distinguishable from the other as they absorb, reflect, and generate light," said Hyphen-Labs on its website. "Harmonious luminescent rotations broadcast oscillating waves that spread out through the space and constantly reflecting our changing environment." "The design of the tapered prisms went through various iterations. Generative and parametric design approaches ensured the optimization of the visual experience," the designers continued. "The prisms’ physical components, fabrication, applet, website, and experience are of custom design, using the highest quality materials to ensure maximum performance for the next five years."
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On View> Psychadelic Farnsworth House installation gets a second life at a Chicago art gallery

Last year artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero led a collaborative effort to take over Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House with kaleidoscopic light and video loops. That project, INsite, followed similar work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House, and imbued Mies' modernist touchstone with a vivacity often lacking in the contemporary experience of midcentury interiors. (Read AN's review of Luftwerk's INsite installation here.) Now that work will live on as a show, INsite ONview, which runs September 11 – November 15 at the Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago. Photographer Kate Joyce's images of the original installation will be on display, along with “dynamic, kinetic ephemera based on the installation.” Luftwerk also recently announced they would mount an installation at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. That project, dubbed solarise, opens September 23.
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Prismatic light installation to shine a light on Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

Plants are usually the star of Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, but a forthcoming art installation will help brighten the Jens Jensen gem with lights, mirrors and prismatic panels. Local firm Luftwerk Studio is calling the project solarise, and promising a site-specific “series of immersive light and sculpture installations.” According to a press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, solarise is part of the Chicago Cultural Plan—a diffuse planning and marketing initiative launched during Emanuel's first term to crowd-source ideas for new cultural programs in the city. Solar-powered LEDs will illuminate reflective panels and sculptures in the conservatory, which is open every day of the year from 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m., with evening hours extended to 8:00p.m. on Wednesdays. The installation will be on display at the Garfield Park Conservatory from this year’s Autumnal Equinox to next year’s Autumnal Equinox, September 23, 2015 to September 22, 2016. Here are some more details, per Emanuel's office:
The Beacon: A permanent LED facade connected to the ribs of the historic Palm House. The Beacon will be the focal point of the exhibit and will be visible from both inside the Conservatory and from the grounds in front of the building. • Florescence: A sculptural canopy of red and blue petals that will cast colorful shadows throughout the Show House by day and by night. The Show House color panel installation will reveal the spectrum of light necessary for plant growth. • Seed of Light: A continuous interaction between water and light will create a ripple of shadows that will play out across the Conservatory’s Horticulture Hall floor. • Prismatic: An immersive prism sculpture in the Desert House will refract natural and LED lighting. A sound installation using plant material from the Conservatory collection will accompany the sculpture and lighting. • Portal: A series of mirrored sculpture panels will frame the Palm House reflection pond and the Fern Room’s waterfall. • Lobby: A light box that will play on Jens Jensen’s concept of the Midwest Prairie as a sea of all colors.
luftwerk solarise
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Kitchens + Baths and Lighting

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Kitchens + Baths and Lighting, evidenced a trend toward efficient use of space and energy. View all of the published categories here. KITCHENS + BATHS “This is a smart solution for small spaces.” —Barry Goralnick Winner Sottile 18-Inch-Deep Refrigerator Perlick Residential Standard undercounter refrigerators and beverage centers are 24 inches deep. Measuring just 18 inches deep and 32 inches tall, this undercounter appliance brings refrigerated storage to the slimmest of spaces. Featuring the proprietary front-vented RAPIDcool forced-air system, the fridge chills room-temperature liquids in just 30 minutes. Full-extension pullout shelves are adjustable in one-inch increments. Available with solid stainless steel door, a glass front, or fully-integrated overlay panel. NSF rated and ADA compliant. “Beautiful and simple.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design. “It’s hard to find good-looking appliances. This is beautiful and sized right.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention 24-Inch Glass Door Refrigerator Bosch With doors finished in white glass, black glass, or glass on stainless steel, this counter-depth refrigerator brings a sleek look to the small kitchen or ancillary space. The appliance’s appearance in enhanced by its handle-less design and concealed hinges. The doors are reversible, allowing for next-to-wall placement and near-flush installation. The ten-cubic-foot capacity includes three freezer drawers, a wine rack, and a sealed crisper, all lit with LEDs. Energy Star qualified. “Gorgeous. Different.” —Barry Goralnick Honorable Mention VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LIGHTING + ELECTRICAL “Terrific idea. Love the flexibility. Well designed.” —Barry Goralnick “Very smart and elegant.” —Colin Brice Winner Running Magnet 2.0 FLOS Architectural In this new track lighting system, a trimless, extruded aluminum housing is recessed into plasterboard ceilings or walls; it can even turn inside or outside corners. An electrical track is laid into the housing. Next, LED modules—either adjustable spots or flush-mount linear strips—are attached to the track via magnets, creating a tremendously responsive and versatile lighting platform. Fixtures are easily repositionable in the field, as needs change. Honorable Mention Antimicrobial Trim Leviton These stainless steel wallplates and switches are made with an antimicrobial additive to help keep surfaces cleaner in conjunction with regular housekeeping procedures. Silver ions inhibit cell division and prevent bacteria— including E-coli and MRSA—from reproducing. The collection is suitable for healthcare facilities, educational institutions, hospitality venues, commercial kitchens, and other public service areas where surface contamination is a concern. Honorable Mention LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs.
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Here’s a bright idea: Tech firms wants to gather data through Kansas City street lights

Streetlights and lampposts are good for more than finding your way home and singin' in the rain. Tech firms Cisco Systems and Sensity Networks plan to help Kansas City roll out smart lighting that can broadcast and share data with city agencies and private companies. "Cisco's and Sensity's intelligent lighting platform transforms each lighting fixture into a sensory node in a powerful, broadband wireless network, creating a light sensory network for municipalities,” reads a Cisco press release. As part of a planned public wifi network, the smart lights could potentially gather and share data about public safety, traffic, and even retail analytics, although the release doesn't detail any specific programs. Lux magazine put the announcement in context:
Other cities embarking on similar projects include Los Angeles, San Diego, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Bristol, England, among others. In Denmark, the Danish Outdoor Lighting Laboratory is testing many of the principles. Hamburg, Germany is using smart streetlighting to help  it more efficiently run Europe's second largest port.
Kansas City is no stranger to high-tech experiments. Google's pilot program for high-speed, fiber-optic broadband infrastructure kicked up the terms “fiberhood” and even “Silicon Prairie.”
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Zaha Hadid unveils these icicle-inspired chandeliers made from light-catching, curvy fins

Zaha Hadid, the starchitect behind this sand-dune inspired headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, a high-design billboard in London, a parametric casino in China, and these uncomfortable-looking high heels, has introduced a new line of lighting fixtures for the Italian lighting company SLAMP. It's being called "Aria Transparent" and the fixtures take the form of icicles, or as Hadid's people put it—a dematerialized volume "where illumination and lightness blend, defining natural design, becoming almost aquatic." Yes, it is very Hadidian. The chandeliers, which come in small, medium, and large, have 50 transparent, droopy surfaces positioned on an axis to each uniquely catch the LED glow. In the video below, which be forewarned has some funky sound issues, Patrik Schumacher, a partner and director at Zaha Hadid Architects, explains that the line is intended to have a "beautifully filigreed, lacy sensibility." So the pieces definitely take Hadid's signature swoopy shape, but they have a much, ahem, lighter materiality than most of her built work around the world. Take a look at the video to learn a bit more. https://vimeo.com/129005669