2018 IALD Award Winners
Award of Merit
Oxford Street Estate, London
by Lighting Design International

Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at Chicago’s trendy Revel Fulton Market on 9 May to honor the winners of the 35th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Seventeen projects from eleven countries were on display – including interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites, and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of architectural lighting design.

The design of the Oxford Street Estate in London, with lighting design by Lighting Design International, took home an Award of Merit, accepted in person by Graham Rollins on behalf of the LDI design team.

Occupying 86m of Oxford Street façade, this project’s lighting design unifies the block of buildings, attracting higher end retailers and giving the development presence and charisma on one of the busiest shopping streets in London.

Through close interaction with the architect, a full set of details explained the exact mounting location, offset from the façade. Regular site reviews allowed cable routes, driver locations, and junction boxes to be kept discreet, concealed from street view, and minimal in quantity. The impressive nighttime image of the façade is achieved without detracting from the building’s charm and architectural beauty during the day.

The lighter stone building, with dark stone columns, is lit with 3000K fittings to preserve the lighter finish and to ensure the light stone is not given an unnatural tone from the warm 2700K lighting used on the majority of the development. This change in color temperature also intentionally makes the light stone building a feature within the estate as a whole. Fittings were all selected for their precise optical performance, and all fittings were equipped with glare snoots and louvers where necessary.

Red brick vertical features are picked out by 10° fittings in 2700K, enhancing the warm tone of the red brick. The rhythm of narrow beam uplighting was carefully planned to ensure the right amount of shadow and highlight, ensuring the form of the building was expressed from all viewing positions without over-lighting the features and losing contrast. Window reveals and wider features are lit with spread 12 x 40 fittings, and horizontal lighting is provided by linear lighting to link and unify the verticals. High level stone balustrades, gables and pediments are lit with narrow beam linear grazer fittings, to cap off the building with further horizontal feature lighting.

Automatic switching reduces the light quantity late at night and brings lighting on at the correct time. The system has an astronomical clock to bring the lighting on in relation to dusk, and a luminance sensor to act as a failsafe, bringing the lighting on if the daylight levels drop too low.

One judge called the estate “a dramatic, painterly lighting scheme,” adding that it “creates an iconic lighting signature for the neighborhood.”


Oxford Street Estate
London, England UK

Graham Rollins
Alex Bittiner
Lighting Design International

Nathan Gummow
Formerly Lighting Design International



Tribeca Holdings

Project Management

Electrical Engineering

Main Contractor

M&W Woolstons Electrics Ltd

© Andrew Beasley

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