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Wallpaper* Exhibition of Emerging Practices - ‘20 Houses’

June 10 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions | Events
Speirs + Major have worked with Wallpaper* on an exhibition of new emerging architectural practices. The models on display are surrounded by light based on the locations of the projects on display. The exhibition and will run from June 9th 2011 at The Architecture Foundation, 136–148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU.

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The exhibition completed
The exhibition completed

The Rothschild Foundation Archive

June 06 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Speirs + Major has completed work on a new archive and research centre for the Rothschild Foundation, designed by Stephen Marshall Architects.

The building, which recently won an RIBA Award, is situated on the crest of a hill on the Waddesdon Estate in England and is home to the Rothschild charity’s offices and archives.
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Photo: Chris Beasley / Speirs + Major
Photo: Chris Beasley / Speirs + Major

New lighting concept for Dior Parfum rolls out in Selfridges.

April 08 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Dior Parfum opened this week at Selfridges, London. Speirs + Major worked closely with Dior using light to immerse the shopper in an all-encompassing brand ambience. Strong contrast, sparkle and luminous surfaces combine to create an atmosphere of quiet luxury that aims to capture the essence of Dior. The concept opened on Tuesday 5 April in London and will be delivered at several other locations worldwide.
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Dior Parfum, Selfridges, London
Dior Parfum, Selfridges, London

Cartier Circle, Canary Wharf

February 02 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
Cartier Circle, the gateway to one of London’s financial epicentres, Canary Wharf, was completed recently after being developed by Canary Wharf Contractors, along with Speirs + Major. In designing the lighting design, the aim was to enhance safety and security whilst creating a more enjoyable place to be and reinforcing the concept of Cartier Circle as a visible landmark and primary gateway to Canary Wharf.

In order to do this, large art-posts were erected in the median of Cartier Circle, with sparkling top lights reinforcing the visibility of the site, and at night creating a navigational presence amidst the tall buildings and dark sky. This was further enhanced by uplighting the art-posts and surrounding trees, and adding a contrasting downlighting effect also on the trees, creating drama with pools of light on the footpaths and bringing the light down to a human scale.

Marianne North Gallery re-opens in Kew Gardens after restoration works

December 20 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
After extensive restoration works, the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens has re-opened to the public. The gallery contains the life work of Marianne North, a prolific artist who painted landscapes and natural habitats from all over the world. The gallery was purpose-built at her request and opened to the public for the first time in 1882, showcasing 833 of her paintings which include over 900 species of plants.
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Image Copyright RBG Kew
Image Copyright RBG Kew

BBC unveils revamped Broadcasting House

December 16 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
The Guardian published fresh images today of the BBC’s newly revamped Broadcasting House – a project for which Speirs + Major helped deliver the lighting concept. The brief was to refit the art deco Broadcasting House and build an extension to accommodate all BBC News, Radio and World Service output.
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Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant opens for business

November 11 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant, Barbecoa, a collaboration with well-known American chef Adam Perry Lang, opened for business this week as part of the new shopping centre One New Change. Speirs + Major collaborated throughout the design process with Design Research Studio – Tom Dixon’s interior and architectural design studio – and Jamie Oliver Restaurants to produce a vibrant and creative lighting scheme.
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Photograph by James Newton
Photograph by James Newton

One New Change opens for business

November 01 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
One New Change opened for business this week. Working closely with French architects, Jean Nouvel Architects, light plays an important role in the definition and function of this major central London development. Its elegant form creates an interesting discourse with its neighbour, St Paul's Cathedral.

Speirs + Major designs commission proposal for V&A museum

November 01 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Speirs + Major created this commission proposal for the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum. The concept, designed for the building’s main cupola, was to be part of the V&A’s wider commitment to new media and digital art.
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Sketch of the light art proposal made for the V&A. Image: Speirs + Major.
Sketch of the light art proposal made for the V&A. Image: Speirs + Major.

Speirs + Major designs new strategy for Retail Birmingham

October 11 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Speirs + Major has completed a lighting strategy designed to reinvigorate Birmingham’s city centre retail area.

The core retail area of Birmingham has very little evening activity beyond the (wildly successful) Bullring; few shops are open after 5.30pm, and the streets have become thoroughfares to hurry along, rather than places to explore, to shop, eat, drink and socialise in the evening.
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