TILLOTSON DESIGN ASSOCIATES DEMONSTRATES A FANTASTIC EXAMPLE OF TEAMWORK BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGNERS
Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the elegant Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA USA on 22 May to honor the winners of the 36th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twentythree projects from 12 countries were on display—including exteriors, interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.
The design of the Bloomberg European Headquarters in London, England UK with lighting design by Tillotson Design Associates, took home an IALD Award of Excellence.
Look up and see within. Spirals, vortexes, petals and other patterns of nature form the design principles behind Bloomberg European Headquarters in London.
Pick any feature of the environmentally design-driven building and find beautiful, intricate composition. Take the ceiling, which one judge called a “beautiful reimagining.”
Two million three-dimensional, metal petals house over 500,000 individual LEDs at their intersections. The low-brightness system is calibrated at a reduced output to minimize wattage consumption while still giving Bloomberg’s employees an ideal 300 lux brightness throughout their working space.
Creating this feature with the architects resulted in an element that serves multiple purposes from acoustic to temperature control, to adding additional reflective lighting.
Judges described this as a “fantastic example of teamwork between architecture, engineering, interior design and lighting design.” Starting from the ground up with multiple firms enabled the lighting design team to take firm creative reigns. The partnership between Tillotson Design Associates and the others gave rise to a masterpiece of a building.
The scheme cleverly uses layers of lighting to create a sense that the building is alive, self-illuminating, that perhaps the light emanates from the hypotrochoid ramp, the continuous three-dimensional loop that forms the interior structure of the building.
The lower two floors utilize edge-lit crystalline fins that sparkle, a key component of the larger sandstone frame of the building. The lighting of the upper floors is composed of a perimeter system featuring rich bronze and stone soffits.
In both areas, intricacy is essential as lighting designers, in collaboration with the contractors and the architects, layer and superimpose elements of light, sound, and temperature to reflect nature, creating a workplace that has the environment and continuity as its ethos. The sheer drama of all the curves used in each component is a constant motif for the entire building and always supported by the sustainable lighting design that exists throughout.
The flow of light and the building’s shape mimic the river that once flowed through this site which was once also home to an ancient temple. Bloomberg European Headquarters showcases what happens when designers, architects, engineers and planners are given free reign to truly push the envelope of design and collaborate to make a building that surprises and delights.
Bloomberg European Headquarters
London, England UK
Suzan Tillotson, IALD
Mitul Parekh (Formerly of Tillotson Design Associates)
Sara McElroy (Formerly of Tillotson Design Associates)
Krista Kennedy (Formerly of Tillotson Design Associates)
Tillotson Design Associates
Foster + Partners, London
Integrated Ceiling Design
Foster + Partners, London
Charles Funke Architect
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© Tillotson Design Associates