Preference and Perception

Looking at a selection of the latest online papers from the Lighting Research & Technology journal, Iain Carlile from our London studio summarises the findings from four papers which look at how colour temperature and lighting method affect our view of space and objects.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s September/October 2017 newsletter. Please click here to view the article in full.

8 St James’s Square, London

8 St James’s Square was an ill proportioned and over scaled existing inter-war building which has now been redeveloped into 65,500 ft² of prime office space. The new sustainable office building is situated in the exclusive St James’s district of Westminster, overlooking the historical St James’s Square Garden. The entrance leads into a reception space which spans the full width of the elevation. Eric Parry Architects used a rich palette of materials including walnut, leather, marble, lacquer that evoke the local traditional gentleman’s clubs of the area. The central marble lined lift shaft makes excellent use of natural daylight, allowing light to penetrate deep into the core of the building.

dpa worked in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects to deliver the lighting design to the external façades, reception, lift lobby, feature lift shaft and semi-scenic lift cars and external terraces. The principles were to create a warm welcoming well-lit space that highlighted key features while revealing the rich material pallet. The reception was lit with various layers of light that included bespoke linear inground uplights and pendants. No ceiling recessed luminaires were used within the reception and lift lobby to respect the clean lines of the detailed ceiling profile.

Client: Green Property Ventures
Architect: Eric Parry Architects
Photography: Dirk Lindner

dpa wins Darc Awards 2017

dpa has won first prize for their lighting installation at the Darc Awards 2017! Helios, meaning Sun in Greek, was designed by our London Studio, Ingo Kalecinski, Veronica Lykou and Laura Voss – many congratulations to the team for designing such a beautiful sculpture.

We are delighted that dpa project the Fairmont Hotel St. Andrews has been shortlisted in the Lux Awards 2017, Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Project of the Year.

Robinsons in Dubai

We are pleased to share a lovely article published on the Illumni website today regarding Robinsons Dubai, a fabulous department store that has recently opened in Dubai Festival City. We had the pleasure of working with HMKM and the Al-Futtaim’s client team on the lighting scheme for this exciting project.

Please click here to view this article in full.


See The Light

dpa project Corpus Christi College, Oxford features in the June/July 2017 edition of Mondo Arc. Please click here to view the article in full.

Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

GS Magazine have recently published an interesting article about dpa project, Four Seasons 10 Trinity Square, and the fascinating story behind the buildings history and architecture. Please click here to read this article in full. 

Zephyr Chandelier at The Fairmont St. Andrews wins award!

The Zephyr Chandelier, and installation designed for The Fairmont Hotel, St. Andrews, has recently won best decorative bespoke fixture at the 2017 darc awards/decorative. dpa is very proud to have collaborated with artist and chandelier designer George Singer to light this beautiful sculpture.

The Zephyr Chandelier (Zephyr meaning soft gentle breeze), fills the 50M atrium with soft kinetics and shadows created by layers of lighting from both above and below. For further details about this project, please click here.


A Ship For All Seasons

We are delighted to share with you an article published in this month’s edition of darc magazine regarding dpa project Crystal Mozart. Please click here to read the article in full.

London College of Fashion – Lecture

Johanna Medina, Senior Designer from our London Studio, was recently invited by Dr. Mirsini Trigoni from the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, to deliver a one hour lecture to the students of the MA Fashion Retail Management.

The lecture was about the principles of lighting design, issues lighting designers take into consideration while designing a commercial/retail space, and an explanation to the students on the design process from concept to completion with some examples of our work. Techniques on how lighting can enhance and create an atmosphere within a space, creating a strong and positive experience for the customer but at the same time present the products correctly were discussed. For the case study, Johanna presented some examples of fashion stores that dpa had designed and explained the logic behind the specific lighting solutions.

Ready, Steady, Light 2017

dpa Designers Adam Busby, Declan Sullivan, Ashley Rogers and Veronica Lykou were delighted to participate in Ready, Steady, Light 2017, organised by The Society of Light and Lighting, in partnership with Rose Bruford College. As part of the challenge 14 teams were asked to design and set up a temporary exterior installation, using a limited range of equipment in only 180 minutes.

The dpa team were given six luminaires to light an allocated area which consisted of thick foliage and several trees. Their aim was to add depth, texture and drama to the natural, outdoor space. They added depth and perspective by uplighting trees in both the background and foreground. By lighting the trees and foliage they also highlighted their natural textures as well as casting interesting shadows. A blossom tree, lit with a single coloured LED luminaire, created a focal point and a playful element. Finally, with a large tree in the foreground put into silhouette with a luminaire placed behind the tree they added a sense of drama to the scheme. All light sources were concealed as much as possible to ensure the viewer would only see the lit effect, rather than being distracted by glare light points.