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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.

Rambert Dance Company, South Bank London

May 03 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Appointments
Speirs + Major has been appointed to design lighting concepts for Rambert Dance Company’s new headquarters on London’s South Bank. Working alongside architects Allies & Morrison, we will be responsible for the interior and external lit appearances of the building and gardens. One of the objectives of the design is also to facilitate the best possible use of natural light.
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Speirs + Major to relight Cutty Sark Gardens

May 01 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Appointments
Working closely with OKRA Architects and Greenwich Council, Speirs + Major has been appointed to develop the lighting concept for the public realm re-design of Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich. A part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, the gardens are also the famous setting of the Cutty Sark ship, which is located in a dry dock in its centre.

The initiative is part of Greenwich's bid to improve the borough ahead of the Olympic Games in 2012. The challenge is to create a more attractive place that encourages people to stay longer and animate the site better. The after-dark strategy will be a crucial part of helping the site unlock its full potential.
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Concept sketch of Cutty Sark Gardens by OKRA Architects.
Concept sketch of Cutty Sark Gardens by OKRA Architects.

Mark Major in The Independent

April 09 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
"Awareness of good lighting has really grown over the last decade. People expect to have more control over their lighting: they want to be able to change the mood, dim the lighting and, in some cases, create colour and effects. People going to hotels or restaurants expect a well-thought out lighting scheme as a part of any environment associated with comfort and well-being."

Mark Major on the future of lighting in The Independent, April 2010.

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Moscow

April 01 2010 — by Christopher Beasley
Appointments
Speirs + Major have been engaged to provide the lighting strategy for the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

The aim of the new masterplan by Foster and Partners is to establish a thriving new cultural quarter. The lighting strategy is for the entire site comprising four distinct quarters and eight museum buildings.
Speirs + Major / Concept sketch of part of Pushkin Museum, Moscow
Speirs + Major / Concept sketch of part of Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Speirs + Major to light Shenzhen Airport Ground Transport Centre

March 22 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Appointments
Speirs + Major has been asked to collaborate with Studio Fuksas to light Shenzhen Airport's Ground Transport Centre and VIP lounge.
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Speirs + Major / Concept sketch of Shenzhen Airport's GT Centre
Speirs + Major / Concept sketch of Shenzhen Airport's GT Centre

Speirs + Major to illuminate Fehmarn Bridge linking Germany and Denmark

March 01 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Appointments
Speirs + Major are part of a competition-winning team, including COWI and architects Dissing + Weitling, tasked with designing a proposed 20km bridge that would link Denmark to Northern Germany.
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