Burlington Arcade

London, United Kingdom


Blair Associates Architecture

Building Services Engineer / Electrical Contractor

James Newton

Steve Theodorou


Outstanding Achievement, AL Light & Architecture Design Awards, 2013

Section Award, IES Awards, 2013

Bronze, Illumni Infinity Awards, 2013

Winner, Heritage, Lighting Design Awards, 2013

Award of Merit, IALD Awards, 2013
Leisure and Retail

Architecture + Environment

Burlington Arcade in London is one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated shopping arcades. We were commissioned to redesign the lighting of the arcade, as part of a wider project to physically restore the iconic property and reinstate it as a global luxury shopping destination.

The lighting design focused on stripping back the many layers of previous lighting interventions and replacing them with a simple yet impactful scheme that enhances the architecture and gives due presence to the retail spaces.

We paid a great deal of attention to the detail, working to conceal both the lighting equipment and wiring infrastructure as much as possible working within the limitations of the historic building fabric. We also integrated infrastructure to facilitate the use of additional temporary lighting for events.

The creation of bespoke miniature LED fittings enabled the building’s magnificent architectural detailing to be accentuated and allowed a series of low hanging, reproduction pendants to be removed, producing an unobstructed view of the arcade for the first time.

The use of variable colour temperature adjusts the appearance of the arcade by enhancing natural light by day, and by evoking the soft warmth of the original gas lighting by evening.

Custom-designed integrated downlights give added punch at ground level adjacent to retail shop fronts.

Outside, a layered lighting approach to the facades carefully highlights the key architectural components, marking out the entrances and giving the arcade due presence on the street.

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