2017 IALD Award Winners:
Award of Merit
The Farm Residence by Electrolight

Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the Crystal Tea Room on 10 May to honor the winners of the 34th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twenty-two projects from eight countries were on display – including interiors, monuments, façades, museums, and a residence. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of architectural lighting design.

The Farm, a residence in Gerroa, with lighting design by Electrolight, took home an Award of Merit, accepted in person by Claudio Ramos, IALD.

This stunning piece of modern architecture located above Gerroa, Australia, appears to emerge from the rolling green hill. The lighting concept is based on integration, simplicity, precision and minimal elegance. Illumination flows organically from the built form, exuding a warm and seductive glow and imparting depth and composition.

Above all, lighting for The Farm aimed to create a comfortable, relaxed and functional lighting solution for the owners. It was crucial to the design to honor the architecture, allowing the lighting to become part of the built fabric and expressing the bold geometry, natural colors and raw textures of the space. The result was described by one judge as “clean, contemporary, and welcoming.”

All luminaires for the project were LED, and each was tested for a consistent 2700K color temperature to ensure the materials would present identically throughout the space. Mockups helped prevent shadowing or source imaging, and allowed designers to develop new and innovative methods of installation and cable reticulation. Luminaires were carefully placed to be as inconspicuous as possible, if not entirely invisible. From concrete cast-in details to double-routed trim-seating, every light element has been carefully integrated and placed for precision illumination. The Electrolight team created more than 60 detailed drawings defining their expectations, ensuring a seamless installation process.

A number of bespoke luminaires were designed and fabricated for the project, including a wall light which mimics the form of the structure and results in a luminosity that flows naturally without feeling forced or intruding. The Farm was designed for a warm and welcoming couple seeking a retreat property, a weekender for family and friends. The design utilizes DALI controls throughout, with an intuitive user interface allowing three simple settings per space. The layering approach of direct and indirect illumination enables a number of moods to be created with the push of a button, while multiple pinspot sources direct light to only where it is required.

“This is architectural integration par excellence,” one judge wrote. “Beautiful forms and an incredible composition.”



Donn Salisbury, IALD
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