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 lighting design for the Centro Botín in Santander, Spain by artec3 Studio took home an IALD Award of Merit.
The Centro Botín appears in the night like a ship waiting to leave its harbor, illuminated by the lights of the shore as it readies itself to drive towards the sea.
The lighting design by artec3 Studio requires multiple components to land this anchor and boat motif, taking full advantage of the unique shape of The Pachinko. All major equipment and cabling for the lighting design lives inside the two main lobes of the building. Judges praised the smart use of architectural features.
The pearlescent surface of the tiled building is subtly lit from the ground to give a floating sensation. The building itself also has LEDs integrated into the edges of the glass on all floors, giving it an almost iridescent sheen and glow.
With this effect, The Pachinko at night resembles an elegant, but industrial lamp complemented by the ground uplights in the park emphasizing the columns as urban furniture. Within the building, recessed circular lighting is used in the restaurant and track lighting is used in most of the exhibition rooms. Interior lighting runs on a DALI control system with dimmable high CRI LED projectors to give a full range of needs for different exhibitions. Overall, the temperature of the building’s lights leans on the warmer side, offering a comforting experience for visitors.
The architect and arctec3 Studio closely collaborated to realize this vision of the museum—free and light, yet still anchored in its own reflections, an indelible part of the city of Santender, Spain.
Maurici Gines, IALD
Mariel Fuentes, IALD
Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with luis vidal + arquitectos (Madrid)
© Enrico Cano (Images 01, 05, 10, 11 Courtesy of iGuzzini)
© Enrico Cano (Images 02-04 and 06) © Maurici Gines (Images 08-09)
© artec3 Studio (Images 9, 12-14)