SPEIRS + MAJOR AND MULVEY & BANANI LIGHTING INC. CREATE DRAMATIC DESIGN UTILIZING LIGHT AND SHADOW
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 CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge in Toronto, ON Canada with concept by Speirs + Major and delivery by Mulvey & Banani Lighting Inc. took home an IALD Award of Merit.
In the dark, the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge twists between the two buildings, the lighting revealing its sharp angles and dramatic design.
The lighting design concept by Speirs + Major utilizes light and shadow to create a distinctive transition between the two buildings, reflecting the uniqueness of the bridge’s design. Using integrated and concealed lighting in custom frosted acrylic cassettes, the designers aimed to make a powerful afterdark impact so that the location serves as a wayfinding tool, a stamp on Toronto’s cityscape.
The bridge deck’s lighting highlights the characteristics of each building. On the end leading into the flagship store for Hudson’s Bay, the integrated lighting highlights the bronze panels from the archshaped entrance. At the opposite end entering the shopping centre, the panels are smaller with a soft frit on the glass and a line of light towards the deck to encourage gentle movement through the transition.
The bridge itself showcases a design that focuses on reflected light from surfaces. As one crosses the bridge, the twisting horizontal fins glow at the edges, adding dynamism to the rotation.
To give those traveling on the sidewalk below a welcoming experience, the exterior overhanging is a backlit soffit, offering enough light to indicate street level building entrances.
The dramatic design of the bridge encourages passersby and commuters to appreciate the evolving architecture of Toronto, and how the city embraces both styles, abandoning neither.
CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge
Toronto, ON Canada
Keith Bradshaw, IALD
Clementine Fletcher-Smith, IALD
Speirs + Major
Stephen Kaye, Associate IALD
Mulvey & Banani Lighting Inc.
Wilkinson Eyre Architects
© James Brittain