Royal Academy (London) is a listed building, which hosts numerous internationally
acclaimed exhibitions, varying from robust stone sculptures to delicate
silk and paper artefacts. Whilst daylight is a desirable medium for
accurate colour rendition, it is often necessary to omit direct sunlight
and limit daylight to avoid damage to light sensitive exhibits. The
challenge was to design a flexible daylight control system that would
be unobtrusive within the historic gallery interiors, flexible and equally
important reliable. The design also had to be adaptable to suit all
of the top-lit galleries, irrespective of their orientation. The design
solution was a multi-layered system of diffuse glass, external louvres
and internal roller blinds. The latter two being capable of automatic
operation, with manual override. A combination of external and internal
light sensors constantly monitors the gallery environment to ensure
that pre-determined light levels can be maintained.
Light, Right Place, Right Time"