Couch Cushion Fort Architecture

June 09 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
There is genius in this blog from an architect in Seattle - Couch-Cushion Fort Architecture, and part 2.

They've also tackled the next stage of architectural self-education - Cardboard Fort Architecture, and part 2

Barbecoa Restaurant with Jamie Oliver

June 07 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Speirs + Major are delighted to be involved in the design of a new restaurant concept called Barbecoa. Due to open in late 2010 in the One New Change building opposite St Paul's, Barbecoa is a joint venture between Jamie Oliver and New York chef Adam Perry Lang. The restaurant will specialise in American-style barbecued dishes and includes a takeaway outlet and a butcher’s shop.

Working with interior designer Tom Dixon of Design Research Studio, our task is to craft an identity for the venue and create a dramatic atmosphere using light. There is a hope that if the venue is successful, further Barbecoa restaurants will be rolled out across the UK.
Speirs + Major / Concept sketch, Barbecoa Restaurant
Speirs + Major / Concept sketch, Barbecoa Restaurant

Architectural Record June 2010

June 02 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
The Architectural Record writes about the illumination of Sands Bethworks:

"No longer in use as a manufacturing facility, Bethlehem Steel Corporation’s Pennsylvania headquarters have become a monument to a bygone era of American industrial prominence. To honor this legacy, UK-based lighting design firm Speirs and Major Associates (SaMA) has crafted a lighting scheme rooted in ideas on manufacturing: LED displays simulate smoldering machinery in a spectrum of gleaming reds and blues. The end effect of this lighting design is at once both eerie and reverent, a duality that seems to capture the very spirit of the disused production complex.
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Infinity Bridge wins Scottish Design Award 2010

June 02 2010 — by Gill Pyatt
Speirs and Major Associates were successful again at the Scottish Design Awards. There were three nominees in the lighting category:

Speirs and Major Associates for lighting of RBGE John Hope Gateway, Edinburgh
Speirs and Major Associates for lighting of Infinity Bridge, Stockton on Tees
Speirs and Major Associates for lighting of the exterior of Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

And the award went to......Speirs and Major for the lighting of the Infinity Bridge, Stockton on Tees!!!

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Gill Pyatt accepting the Scottish Design Award on behalf of Speirs + Major
Gill Pyatt accepting the Scottish Design Award on behalf of Speirs + Major

Inside the British Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010

June 02 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
All daylight. Worth the wait and the heat stroke.
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Old Meets New…

June 01 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
A chandelier in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. This particular chandelier is fitted with a selection of LED "incandescent replacement" lamps, obviously as a test...

Some of them were utterly appalling - white plastic candle lamps with cold cold white LEDs visible inside. But some of the others, with exposed and unlensed warm white diodes in clear envelopes, actually felt about right as an incandescent replacement. They're probably not the highest-quality kit... don't know how long they'll last or how efficient they are... but they have to be better than an incandescent candle-lamp.

Fascinating to see new technology in such an old setting, and encouraging that someone was actually thinking about it properly and setting up a decent demonstration/test before rushing in!

New Trends in Architectural Lighting, Istanbul, 28th May 2010

May 31 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
Education | Events
Under the title "Light Beyond Architecture", I spoke about lighting strategy and masterplanning: the importance of big picture views of urban lighting, the opportunities, a taste of process and some observations on the fundamental differences between working with an existing city like Newcastle, Durham or Cambridge, and a brand new not-yet-existing development like some of our Middle East projects.

With this slide in the background, I look as though I'm trying to sell something...

‘Feeling are facts’  by Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong at UCCA

May 28 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
A flying visit to UCCA in Beijing gave me a chance to experience an immersive light experience. Simple technology cleverly used with masses of dry ice- it felt like you could taste the light.
The purposively disorientating light filled room played tricks of perception and vision. Quite an overwhelming experience.

Grand Mosque makes it three in a row

May 27 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Speirs + Major have won a third consecutive Radiance Award at the IALD International Lighting Design Awards, after winning the top prize for the lighting of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
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Speirs + Major selected for Oslo Airport expansion

May 17 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Speirs + Major has been appointed to create the lighting concept for a new extension of Oslo Airport Gardemoen. We were invited to join 'Team T', an interdisciplinary consortium comprising architects Narud Stokke Wiid and engineers Per Rasmussen. The team is responsible for planning and designing the new Terminal 2 at Norway’s largest airport.

Working with light, one of the main objectives is to enhance the passenger experience throughout the day and across the changing seasons of the year.
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Speirs + Major / Concept sketch of Terminal 2, Oslo Airport Gardemoen.
Speirs + Major / Concept sketch of Terminal 2, Oslo Airport Gardemoen.
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