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Usher Hall Edinburgh

September 23 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Speirs + Major has recently published its work on Usher Hall – one of Edinburgh's historic arts venues. The lighting design was part of a major refurbishment programme, led by architects LDN, to upgrade the building and add a new glass wing and extension.
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Usher Hall Chandelier. Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton
Usher Hall Chandelier. Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton

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.


John Hope Gateway Building, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

January 13 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
The John Hope Gateway is a threshold into Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden with unrivalled facilities that allow the public to discover the world of plants and botanical science.

Speirs + Major collaborated with Edward Cullinan Architects who have designed the John Hope Gateway – a sustainable, low-energy building consisting of exhibition spaces, education facilities, a media studio, shops, a restaurant and a new bio-diversity garden.

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Burj Khalifa Dubai opens with spectacular celebration of light

January 05 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
On 4 January 2010 the world’s tallest building opened with a dramatic lighting ceremony in Dubai.

Back in 2009, Speirs + Major were invited by developers EMAAR to propose creative lighting solutions that would reinforce the brand image of this iconic and record-breaking tower. A proposal for the day-to-day illuminated appearance of the building was already in place, courtesy of Fisher Marantz Stone of New York. EMAAR, however, desired an additional celebratory layer of interest to create a statement after dark.
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Shelter by Stephanie Imbeau

January 04 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Stephanie Imbeau was chosen among thousands of applicants to win the competition to become the fourth artist to put a unique stamp on the big 4 logo installation outside the Channel 4 headquarters, in London. Speirs + Major worked were with the artists to design a new night-time image for each of the pieces. Part of the aim was to reinterpret the sculptures so they would be seen quite differently at night.
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Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees

December 01 2009 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Lit by Speirs + Major, the distinctive footbridge over the River Tees has become a symbol of transformation for North East England. The brief called for an iconic structure as part of the Stockton-on-Tees regeneration of the North Shore site. The resulting footbridge links the north and south shores and provides access to business and jobs in the area. Designed by Expedition Engineering, the bowstring bridge cuts a distinctive silhouette across the river. A 230m-long concrete walkway is supported by a pair of asymmetric steel arches that appear to skip across the river almost like a pebble skimming water.
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Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton
Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton

Durham’s name in lights at Lumiere festival

November 20 2009 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Speirs and Major Associates were part of the design team for the recent Durham Lumiere event in November 2009 curated by Artichoke. Over 75,000 people visited the city during the festival, and cafes, restaurants and shops have reported some of the best business they've had in years.
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The RNLI Memorial, Poole, Dorset

September 30 2009 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
The RNLI Heritage Trust has unveiled a memorial sculpture commemorating the lives of 438 lifeboat volunteers lost since the RNLI was first established in 1824. The steel artwork by sculptor Sam Holland features lighting by Speirs + Major and depicts a figure in a boat rescuing a casualty from the water.
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Speirs + Major / A sketch of the RNLI Memorial by night
Speirs + Major / A sketch of the RNLI Memorial by night

Armani Fifth Avenue New York

September 01 2009 — by Keith Bradshaw
Completions
The installation is complete. The video content has been programmed. The new media façade at Armani Fifth Avenue is now fully functional and creating a classy distraction for New York shoppers.
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