More London Riverside Pendants

London, United Kingdom


Development + Manufacture

James Newton

Product + Innovation

Speirs + Major were invited to light the lobby and atrium of this award-winning office development on the banks of the River Thames.

The brief was to produce a simple, elegant solution, which would eliminate the need for high-level fixtures or clutter on the ground plane.

Speirs + Major worked in close conjunction with Foster + Partners and lighting manufacturer Fagerhult to produce a suspended luminaire that would light both floor and ceiling simultaneously. The fitting is designed around the two main light sources for up- and downlighting.

The pendant solution provides general lighting to the 10-storey atrium space in an unobtrusive fashion. It was important not to restrict any views of the ceiling with glare from downlights, so the pendants include an uplighting element to illuminate the ceiling structure after dark. A special louvre was designed to ensure that there was no glare when looking down into the atrium from the high level offices and balconies.

A prototype was made and reviewed in the Fagerhult factory in Sweden and then mocked up on site in the atrium to ensure it worked as required. The mounting bracket was designed by the architect to allow a suspension over 9 storeys (20m).

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