Usher Hall Chandelier

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


LDN Architects

Mike Stoane Lighting

James Newton
Arts and Education

Product + Innovation

Usher Hall in Edinburgh is one of Scotland's main venues for the performing arts. We were part of the team responsible for a major refurbishment project that saw the addition of a modern glass wing and extension.

We created the Usher Hall bespoke chandelier for the newly constructed spiral staircase. This staircase links the original building with its new extension, and the chandelier is designed to be a luminous ‘pin’ that connects old and new.

The cylindrical concrete construction of the stairwell presented us with a considerable design challenge. The nature of the materials and purity of the design meant that it was difficult to fix lighting in a way that would appear architecturally integrated.

We developed the idea of a single shaft of light forming the central axis of the spiral - a suspended lit structure that solved issues of cable routing, general lighting and emergency lighting.

The 13.8m high chandelier uses lengths of fluorescent tubes to create a linear glow of light. Due to the overall height of the stair, the suspended structure had to be built in six sections to accommodate lamp lengths, cable routing and access for cleaning and maintenance.

The fluorescent sections are encased within double acrylic cylinders; the inner one is frosted while the outer layer is clear with etched glass to catch the light. Each length is separated by smaller sections of frosted glass rings uplit with LEDs that add sparkle and introduce variation along the length.

We designed the concept for the chandelier and developed it with bespoke manufacturer Mike Stoane Lighting in collaboration with architects Law Dunbar Naismith.

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