Projects shortlisted for darc awards

July 17 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
We are excited to have four projects shortlisted for this year's darc awards.

The four shortlisted projects fall within two categories - Places and Spaces - with representation at both the low and high budget sub-categories.

The Shrine Room for Vajrasana Retreat Centre, in the Places - low budget category is a high impact yet reverent lighting design focussed around the magnificent three-metre high gilded rūpa of Buddha.

In the Places - high budget category, the lighting design for La Nuvola, EUR Congressi in Rome, Italy is a celebration of the exuberant scale of the building, and the translucency, light and openness that characterise it.

The Mary Seacole Memorial Statue by sculptor Michael Jennings has been shortlisted in the Spaces - low budget category. Completed on a pro-bono basis, the lighting approach forms a key part of the design concept by the artist; consisting of a single fitting, it was one of the most complex, technically demanding and rewarding design challenges we have faced.

The Spaces - high budget category includes Shakespeare's New Place, a commemorative garden built on the site of the house he lived in from 1597 until his death in 1616. The lighting design creates an atmospheric nighttime experience which makes use of the subtle interplay between light and shadow.

The shortlisted projects are now available to vote for on darc's website, with the winners announced at the awards ceremony on September 14th.