S+M’s theme tune

June 30 2010 — by Satu Streatfield
Kraftwerk have been singing it since '78!

Kraftwerk Neonlicht

Neon lights
Shimmering neon lights
And at the fall of night
This city's made of light
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Antony Gormley’s ‘Breathing Room III’

June 29 2010 — by Satu Streatfield
Photoluminescent frames of cuboids glow eerily and intersect to create what appear to be 2-dimensional perspectival 'drawings' in light - drawings that you can walk into and get wonderfully disoriented in.

In effect, the space looks like a flat architectural drawing/diagram of itself - when you stand still and look at it you think you are seeing a 2D diagrammatic representation of a 3D space. The surprise comes when the slightest head movement reveals that it is in fact the 3D space you are looking at! It's like the surprise of opening a pop-up book!

It almost feels like (hesitantly) roaming around inside a retro computer game. Anyone seen that Simpsons episode where Homer falls into a parallel universe that's in 3D and completely freaks out...?! Anyway, the loss of depth perception is quite surreal and profoundly magical.

After all these legibility analyses, it's nice to see light used to render a space completely illegible! I could easily have spent a whole afternoon getting lost and confused in there.

(As Benz rightly pointed out though, it would have been even better if the walls had been painted black as well as the floor.)
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Sound Artists: Brandon Labelle and Finnbogi Petursson

June 29 2010 — by Satu Streatfield
Sound artist Brandon Labelle gave an interesting lecture at Somerset House last month. Apart from subjecting his audience to The Bee Gees' 'Night Fever' in its torturous entirety (twice!), he showed some very cool sound projects.

Icelandic artist Finnbogi Petursson creates beautifully hypnotic sound + light installations, using different frequencies of sound to project rippling patterns of water.

Check out his website and videos:
Finnbogi Petursson's website
Circle 1991, Finnbogi Petursson
Sphere 2003, Finnbogi Petursson

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Finnbogi Petursson's Sphere 2006 - Prefix, Toronto Canada
Finnbogi Petursson's Sphere 2006 - Prefix, Toronto Canada

Mondo*arc July 2010

June 24 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
"During an amazing night in Las Vegas, Speirs and Major achieved the seemingly impossible by scooping the IALD Radiance Award for the third year running in an international field."

Mondo*arc, July 2010.

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Light Stencil Urban Art

June 22 2010 — by Claudia Clements
Graffiti-ridden derelict sites have been given a much needed face-lift with extraordinary light art by Tigtab. Each image is created with the help of stencils. These intricate designs are revealed after a burst from a camera flash lights up the inside of the box. In this picture, a pond scene is created in a flooded derelict building. Much like Banksy, Tigtab, from Melbourne, Australia, keeps her identity a closely guarded secret. Tigtab creates her images using stencils. The stencils are placed on light boxes lined with silver foil. The intricate designs are revealed after a burst from a camera flash lights up the inside of the box very briefly. Tigtab moves around the room, tunnel or drain, repositioning the stencils and firing the flash repeatedly while the shutter of the camera is left open to create complex designs. The end result is so polished Tigtab said people often assume her work is computer generated. Check her out on Flickr!

Coronado Bridge competition - vote!

June 21 2010 — by Clementine Rodgers
We entered a competition to light Coronado Bridge in San Diego some time ago, and it has finally got to the public voting stage. Please go to this link and vote for the Peter Fink & Speirs+Major entry? Every vote counts.......

Moss Your City

June 18 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
Completions | Events
Speirs + Major have just helped out Norwegian architects PUSHAK with "Moss Your City" - an installation for the London Festival of Architecture.

PUSHAK have invaded the Architecture Foundation with a series of "green walls" - clad completely in living moss. The result is an amazing interior forest, engaging the senses of smell and touch as well as vision. By adding carefully programmed dynamic lighting, we've made the space even more enchanting and mysterious.

Jonathan Speirs made Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

June 16 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Jonathan Speirs has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

The RIAS is a professional body representing architects working in Scotland. It was founded in 1916 and is considered the foremost professional institute in Scotland dealing with architecture and the built environment. It also consults regularly with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regarding UK-wide professional issues.

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
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