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LIGHTING FOR EXHIBITION HALLS AND WORKSHOPS OF RICE BARNS HONORED WITH IALD AWARD OF MERIT

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY AND ONE LIGHTING ASSOCIATES (BEIJING) HONOR HISTORY WHILE CELEBRATING CHANGES

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 Exhibition Halls and Workshops of Rice Barns in Wuzhen, Zheijiang, China by School of Architecture, Tsinghua University and One Lighting Associates (Beijing) took home an IALD Award of Merit.

Designers at One Lighting Associates and the Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture explore the possibilities of innovative design within historic spaces, remarking on the cultural characteristics that linger in a reactivated space.

A glowing bridge arches across the space, emphasizing the rich spatial relations of the granary and the rice barns in Wuzhen, China.

The bridge utilizes flexible linear luminaires hidden in the handrails to provide functional lighting for visitors while also reflecting the arch of the bridge in their own shape.

Recent renovations to the site allow for interesting experiments in lighting, surface materials and aesthetics. Within the granary itself, linear luminaires hide in the equipment slot to illuminate the walls, lending a glow directing the eye towards the ceiling. This soft light focuses the visitor on the original roof’s silhouette, an acknowledgment of the past still lingering in the present.

The accent lighting system operates within the original building structure rather than creating new construction or detracting from its vintage air. This allows for scheme that create light atmospheres best aimed for visitor enjoyment.

A clear roof in the exhibit hall allows for maximum daylight. For cloudy days, there are six groups of dimmable linear luminaires placed in the cavity of the lower roof, controlled by light sensors to ensure consistent exhibit lighting.

Multiple judges cited the thoughtful touches that went into this particular design, recognizing the balance needed to retain the original feel of the site while celebrating its changes.

Project Credits

Exhibition Halls and Workshops of Rice Barns
Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China

LIGHTING DESIGN

Xin Zhang, IALD
Xiang Lu
Xiaowei Han
Xuanyu Zhou
Bo Liu
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
One Lighting Associates (Beijing)

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Architecture
Lu+Architects, China

Client
Wuzhen Tourism Co., Ltd

PHOTOGRAPHY
© Haiting Sun (Images 01-05, 07-12)
© Xuanyu Zhou (Image 06)
© Bo Liu (Image 13)

https://www.iald.org/

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