FX Design September 2010

September 23 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Mark Major explains the 'lure of the dark side' in this month's FX Design magazine, and looks at three classic projects where darkness plays a key role. The full article on 'Why Dark Matters' is available in our Thinking section or the full article can be downloaded here.
FX Design September 2010
FX Design September 2010

Usher Hall Edinburgh

September 23 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Speirs + Major has recently published its work on Usher Hall – one of Edinburgh's historic arts venues. The lighting design was part of a major refurbishment programme, led by architects LDN, to upgrade the building and add a new glass wing and extension.
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Usher Hall Chandelier. Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton
Usher Hall Chandelier. Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton

Cathedral of Christ the Light

September 21 2010 — by Telli Nourkeyhani
In this project, which won the best ceiling design of the Founders Award 2008, 36 different types of ceiling panels have been used incorporating 100 different configurations of subpanels. The ceiling was designed to both reflect and diffuse the light from the skylight above.

A group of architects and engineers were involved in this project including Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, Skidmore and Owings & Merrill LLP.
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California

Speirs + Major invited to closing talk at Boston Design 2010, 23rd September

September 17 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Keith will give the keynote presentation at the Boston Design Center on 23rd September. The conference and show discusses global trends – Keith will talk about the practice's experience of working internationally and cultural sensitivities to light.

Mark and Jonathan to speak at Light Middle East

September 15 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Jonathan Speirs and Mark Major will be keynote speakers at this year’s Light Middle East conference on October 31 2010.

Mark will present a paper – Light Master Planning in the post-Kyoto Age – with recent insights in the design of sustainable urban lighting.

Jonathan's paper will reveal the approach behind two of the region's landmark projects – the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi and the celebratory lighting of the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa.

See here for more information.

Mark and Iain to speak at The Building Centre London

September 09 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Mark Major and Iain Ruxton will address an audience at the Building Centre in London on Wednesday 15 September. The morning seminar titled ‘Let there be LED’ will look out how this emerging light technologiy will impact the architecture and engineering of buildings in the future.

Satu to present a paper at Light in Alingsas, 24th September 2010

September 08 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Satu will give an insight into the way Speirs + Major approach masterplanning and strategic light projects at the annual Lights in Alingsas conference on Friday 24 September. The conference programme is entitled 'Setting the Scene – Shaping the Night'. See here for more information.

Speirs + Major appointed to work on Cable Car

September 06 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Speirs + Major has been chosen to assist with building a cable car in Central London. Connecting both sides of central London by crossing over the Thames, the cable car is scheduled to be completed by the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. We will be working closely with Transport for London, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Mott MacDonald to deliver lighting for this ambitious and challenging project.

Not only will we be creating a lighting scheme for the interior of the gondolas, but the exterior of the gondolas, towers and platforms will also be sensitively lit to encompass the contrasting surrounds – the bright, busy centres of the O2 Arena and ExCeL London as opposed to the dark River Thames – in the hope that the cable car itself will become as much of an attraction as the scenic views of London which visitors and locals alike will be able to soak up whilst riding it.

Night Lights

September 03 2010 — by Telli Nourkeyhani
In a collaborative project YesYesNo teamed up with The Church, Inside Out Productions and Electric Canvas to turn the Auckland Ferry Building into an interactive playground. The aim was to create an installation that would go beyond merely projection onto buildings and allow viewers to become performers, by taking their body movements and amplifying them 5 stories tall.
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Speirs + Major to light Dior Cosmetic Boutique

September 01 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Speirs + Major is pleased to be working with Dior on the design of their new cosmetic stand in Selfridges. We will be creating a lighting scheme for the stand as a whole as well as illuminating a special wall material in more detail. This material will consist of layers of textile and etched glass, backed by a mirroring surface, which will be lit in such a way as to capture the culture, fashion and haute couture ethos embodied by Dior.

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