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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
Awards
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
Appointments
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.

Speirs + Major featured in the Herald

May 17 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
The Glasgow Herald has reported on our recent hat-trick of wins at the IALD Awards fest in Las Vegas. Speirs + Major won the Radiance award, regarded as the highest accolade in the industry, for the third year running. The prize was given for our work on the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. Two other designs, for the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees and the Sands Resort in Bethlehem in the US, earned Excellence and Merit prizes.
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Speirs + Major win IALD Radiance Award for third consecutive year

May 14 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
For the third year running, Speirs + Major has been awarded the profession’s top award for lighting design. During an amazing night in Las Vegas, Speirs + Major achieved the seemingly impossible by winning the IALD Radiance Award for the third year running in an international field. The award was granted in recognition of the exterior lighting of the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi.

For Speirs + Major it marks the latest in a succession of wins. In 2008 Speirs + Major first won the Radiance prize for their work on the Richard Rogers-designed Barajas International Airport. In 2009, we returned to win the prize again, this time in recognition of our work on the Foster and Partners-designed 3 More London.
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The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, winner of the Radiance Award 2010. Photo: Allan Toft
The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, winner of the Radiance Award 2010. Photo: Allan Toft

Is LED ready for General Lighting?

May 12 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Interviews
As part of the Philip's LED Masterclass study, Mark talks from a designer's perspective.

Speirs + Major appointed to work on Macquarie

May 05 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Appointments
Speirs + Major has been appointed to design the lighting for the new London headquarters of the Macquarie Group. Situated in central London on Ropemaker, we will be working closely with Clive Wilkinson Architects to create a dynamic yet practical lighting scheme for the office block.

The lighting design will be developed to provide a high quality lit environment that is legible to its users and enhances the architecture of the spaces. We are also looking to continue our efforts at environmental sustainability by designing an energy efficient scheme.

Speirs + Major to design Phoenix TV International Media Centre, China

May 04 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Appointments
Speirs + Major are pleased to announce their appointment as lighting designers for the Phoenix TV International Media Centre, located in Beijing, PRC. Our close working relationship with BIAD, the architects for the project, allows light to express the core principles of the building; that of transparency openness and grand civic space. Visitors are encouraged to wander through the building and experience the making of Chinese TV media. Light is also used in exterior areas to express the Phoenix brand identity in shades of gold and orange light. The delicate relationship between light and dark is also expressed in the manner in which key areas are lit.

The building represents a new shift in contemporary home-grown Chinese architecture and connects the TV studios to the public through open access foyers and a harmonious relationship to Chaoyang Park, the largest public park in Asia.

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