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International multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold has received an Award of Excellence for the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York City, designed by architect Foster + Partners, at the 28th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Out of 189 submissions, only six projects received the top IALD award. The program is the longest running internationally recognised industry benchmark for architectural lighting design excellence.
The award winning lighting scheme highlights the main architectural feature of the Sperone Westwater Gallery, the Ferrari red-coloured illuminated moving room. The 12 by 20 ft moving room acts as a medium of transportation as well as a gallery with rotating exhibits. Through the milled glass façade, the moving room’s silhouette is prominently visible from multiple angles along the street.
To showcase the moving room at night, Buro Happold used state-of-the-art tight-beam linear LED fixtures mounted to the room’s exterior walls on the top and bottom, as well as on the wall facing the street. The light, filling the vertical space above and below the moving room, automatically adjusts intensity to adapt to the moving room’s position as it travels between the second and fifth floors.
“Creating a visual harmony between the lighting in the moving room shaft and the façade above the setback was quite the challenge,” says Gabe Guilliams, who leads Buro Happold’s lighting team in New York. “We realised during commissioning that we were able to dissolve the physical barrier between the two by matching the brightness of the ceiling of the moving room shaft with the façade above. This was vital to making the entire building appear as a single entity each time the room goes in motion.”
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Buro Happold is an independent international practice of consulting engineers. Since 1976 we have grown in size and reach to serve public and private clients across a full range of sectors through an international network of 29 offices.
We draw on the multi-disciplinary skills, knowledge and experience of our local experts to design and deliver award winning building, infrastructure and environmental projects that excel for clients, engage with communities and enrich the lives of users.
Sustainability, innovation and holistic consulting are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to touching the earth lightly. We think harder and are dedicated to addressing the big challenges that face the planet – climate change, population growth and scarcity of natural resources.
Current and recent projects include the Grand Museum of Egypt (Cairo), the Louvre (Abu Dhabi), the Aviva Stadium (Dublin), the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the King Abdullah Financial District (Riyadh), the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford) and the O2 (London).