Architecture with impact

We are delighted to share an article regarding dpa project Route 2020 Metro Link, Dubai, UAE published in the July/August 2022 edition of A1 Lighting Magazine. Please click here to read this article in full.

Photography courtesy of Phil Handforth Architectural Photography.

 

 

Layering Light

dpa Partner, Richard Bolt has recently contributed to an article published in April 2022 by A1 Lighting Magazine on the subject of “Layering Light”. To view this article in full please click here.

Nicholas Belfield becomes Partner of dpa’s London Studio

The Partners of dpa lighting consultants are delighted to announce that Nicholas Belfield, who has been with the Practice since 2006 has become a Partner.  “Nicholas has been an integral part of the Practice’s success, leading numerous projects throughout the world from concept to completion during his time with us. His appointment as Partner reflects the tremendous asset Nicholas is to the Practice and his passion and commitment to lighting design generally. Derek Phillips founded dpa in 1958 and from that time the Practice has striven to develop designers internally; many of our senior team members have been with the Practice for a very long time, starting as inexperienced designers and now leading the business which is something we are very proud of.  Nicholas further illustrates the successful approach we have of developing leaders from within.”  Gary Campbell, Partner & Nick Hoggett, Partner – dpa lighting consultants

Nicholas has worked on a wide variety of prestigious global projects over the years which include:

Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge, London
Smythson Boutique, New Bond Street, London
Cap Vermell, Grand Hotel, Mallorca
Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India
Four Seasons, Bahrain
Royal Clock Tower, Makkah

This is an exciting moment for dpa in its long history. Congratulations to Nicholas!

“It is a proud moment and great honour to have the opportunity to become a Partner at dpa lighting consultants.  During my time at dpa I have had the pleasure to work on many exciting projects around the world with fabulous clients and world class teams. dpa has an unparalleled history within the lighting consultant industry and I look forward to being part of the team driving that success into the future.” Nicholas Belfield, Partner, dpa lighting consultants

Photography – Project Images:

  1. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London – Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental
  2. Smythson Boutique, New Bond Street, London – Rory Gardiner
  3. Cap Vermell, Grand Hotel, Mallorca – Courtesy of Cap Vermell Investments Group
  4. Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India – Courtesy of R. Jegan
  5. Four Seasons, Bahrain – Waleed Alabbas
  6. Royal Clock Tower, Makkah – Courtesy of Fairmont

The Old War Office, London

We have pleasure sharing the visual below of the magnificent Old War Office building on Whitehall, as well as a film produced by groundworks contractor Toureen. Both demonstrate the impressive scale and intricate detail of this Grade II* listed building which is being repurposed as a flagship 120-bedroom Raffles Hotel along with 85 Branded Residences, 11 Restaurants and Bars, and other extensive amenities launching as The OWO this winter.

We have been working alongside our client Westminster Development Services, architects EPR, interior designers The Office of Thierry Despont from New York (appointed for the hotel design), and London-based Goddard Littlefair for the hotel spa. Interior designers 1508 London designed the interiors for the residential public areas and the interior base finish for the residences. In addition, we have worked with Aecom, who were responsible for the building services. The Main Contractor is Ardmore and Toureen as specialist contractor.

The final images show the recently finished lighting trials that dpa completed during the design period. These tested the exterior lighting design ideas and techniques over several nights, with the help of abseilers, to fine-tune the lighting locations with the guidance of dpa’s design team. We are very much looking forward to realising the entire lit façade when the project completes this winter.

Client: Westminster Development Services
Architect: EPR
Interior Designers: The Office of Thierry Despont; Goddard Littlefair; 1508 London
Building Services: Aecom
Main Contractors: Ardmore
Specialist Contractor: Toureen
CGI: Commissioned by WDS
Video: Courtesy of Toureen

 

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Ilma

 

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection – Ilma

dpa lighting consultants are currently developing the lighting design for Ilma, the newly announced  superyacht by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.  The newbuild, which will set sail in 2024, forms part of an expansion of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection with their first vessel, Evrima, set to launch this summer and Luminara to follow in 2025.  The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will take the exceptional guest service and design excellence, that The Ritz-Carlton is known for, to the seas, featuring multiple restaurants and bars, a marina terrace and mezzanine, Ritz-Carlton Spa, Ritz Kids space, and an expanded bow.

As with all projects, close collaboration is paramount and the strength of our relationships with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, AD Associates and Chantiers de l’Atlantique are proving immensely important in this very exciting venture.

One of the main challenges for the team is to provide innovative solutions at the design stage, knowing that the launch of the ship is years ahead, in a competitive market. Therefore, we strive to provide original lighting ideas and detailing, in close coordination with AD Associates, that will help define The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as a leader in superyacht design and the luxury cruising sector.

Minimising energy use and impact on the environment is a high priority for all clients, particularly in the cruise industry.  As well as designing efficiency into the lighting scheme through the use of low energy light sources, an architectural lighting control system will be used throughout the public areas.  The lighting scene setting will be programmed to ensure each of the spaces onboard Ilma appear at their most elegant day and night.  Time clock controlled lighting adjustments linked to the ship’s clock will provide imperceptible changes to the scenes throughout the day and into the evening, ensuring energy use is minimised autonomously.  Further, all 228 suites will feature a pre-programmed lighting control system, linked with other room services, to deliver an intuitive and comfortable guest experience at all times of day.

Client: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 
Interior Architect: AD Associates
Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique
Exterior Renderings: Aivan

Fine Tuning

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile finds colour among a spectrum of subjects in the latest Lighting Research and Technology papers.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ March/April 2022 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org or by clicking here.

 

Sense of Rhythm

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile looks at two of the latest Lighting Research and Technology papers, which both investigate circadian effects in real world situations.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ January/February 2022 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org or by clicking here.

We are delighted to share an article published in Arc Magazine’s December 2021 edition regarding dpa’s involvement in the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Route 2020 Metro Link.

Please click here to view this article in full and to read more about Expo 2020.

Photography courtesy of Phil Handforth Architectural Photography.

 

The Human Factor

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile looks at three of the most recently published Lighting Research and Technology papers, which focus on the ways that aspects of lighting can affect and influence people.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ September/October 2021 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org or by clicking here.

Street Wise

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile looks at three recent Lighting Research and Technology papers focusing on road lighting and human health.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ July/August 2021 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org or by clicking here.

Hackney Town Hall Wins Building Back Better Platinum Award!

We were extremely pleased to find out in early July that our project, Hackney Town Hall, had won a Platinum Award in the inaugural ‘Build Back Better’ awards.

Over the last 10 years Hackney Town Hall has undergone an extensive refurbishment of all the interior spaces, the final phase of which was completed on the building’s 80th anniversary. dpa worked closely with the client team, the project architects Hawkins Brown, and design consultants Turner Bates, to develop sensitive and appropriate lighting solutions for this Grade II listed Art Deco building.

The work included the refurbishment of existing Art Deco heritage luminaires with Madson Black, the addition of newly designed and manufactured luminaries in the same Art Deco style, and general discreet architectural lighting and dimming controls throughout the public areas. A phase of the work included the repurposing of two external dis-used courtyards into two PTFE roof enclosed multi-function events spaces.

In the development of the lighting design there was an emphasis in integrating new lighting technology, energy efficiency, refurbishment of the existing to a very high quality, and integration of electrical light with daylight. All of these elements ticked the boxes for ‘Building Back Better’, and this was recognised by the judges. The judges said that it was a “beautiful refurbishment in keeping with the age and setting of a public building. The judges sited the attention to detail and a superb integration of daylight and artificial light.”

Further details about this project can be viewed by clicking here.

Photography courtesy of James Newton Photographs @jnphotographs

An Office Point Of View

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile looks at three of the latest papers published online by Lighting Research and Technology, focusing on issues in the workplace.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’  March/April 2021 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org or by clicking here.

Direction of Travel

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile looks at three of the most recently published Lighting Research and Technology papers on the lighting of roads and train stations.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’  May/June 2020 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org.

40 under forty – Winner!

We are delighted to share the news that Deeksha Surendra, Senior Designer at dpa has been named in the Lighting Design Awards 2020 – 40 under 40 annual programme, recognising a new generation of lighting design talent. Congratulations to all designers that have been recognised in this award!

P&O Cruises – Iona

dpa are very proud to have been working on the new P&O Cruises Iona over recent years and 2020 is going to be particularly exciting with the launch of this new cruise ship.

We have worked closely with P&O Cruises and the various design groups, Martin Francis of Francis Design, Richmond International, Jestico + Whiles and Partner Ship Design to develop appropriate lighting solutions for all the Cabins, Suites, Public Areas both internal and external.  Cruise ships of this scale are incredible engineering feats and the videos below give a flavour of what is involved with such structures.  We will be sharing images of the finished ship later in the year.

Update on Iona’s build

P&O Cruises – Iona’s SkyDome the big lift

Iona – the story so far 

Road Testing by Iain Carlile

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile looks at the latest papers from Lighting Research and Technology papers that range from road illumination to the non-visual effects of light.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’  January/February 2020 edition. To view this article in full please click here.

A paper by Fotios reviews the weightings made by the CIE in document CIE115:2010 in order to determine the P-class lighting design recommendations. P-class concerns lighting for minor roads, referred to in the UK as ‘access roads, residential roads and associated areas, footpaths and cycletracks’. CIE115:2010 gives a number of parameters (travel speed, traffic volume, traffic composition, parked vehicles, ambient luminance and facial recognition) with weighting factors, with the summed weighting factor identifying a particular lighting class with average and minimum illuminance values.

From a literature review Fotios identifies that some of these parameters are relevant due to their association with a pedestrian RTC (road traffic collision). However, the review was unable to substantiate the class selection process, due to a number of factors: little evidence of lighting needed to offset risks such as differing speed of traffic, whether weighting factors and intervals between options are relevant, and if parameter weightings are relevant.
Further, Fotios notes that if the primary aim is to light for pedestrians, since the weighting factors tend to focus on the chance of a pedestrian RTC, with other factors not being represented (for example, discerning obstacles and hazards, identifying movement of other pedestrians) then the weighting system gives false confidence to designers that their design is meeting pedestrians’ needs.

Figueiro et al present the results of a case study investigating the application of lighting for non-visual effects on a building’s occupants. The authors note that laboratory studies have shown that (depending on the time of exposure) a sufficient amount of shortwavelength light and exposure duration can entrain or disrupt the synchrony between our biological clock and our local position on Earth. They have also shown that alertness can be enhanced both day and night by light across the entire visible spectrum.

Using a novel luminaire designed to promote entrainment and alertness, field tests of light exposure were conducted in office environments. The results revealed that tailored lighting interventions can help entrain occupants and increase alertness during working hours (when properly applied). The authors note that the luminaire used in the study might not be ideal, but was practical and inexpensive to implement, helping to bridge between laboratory studies and field applications.

Siemiginowska and Iskra-Golec’s paper presents the results of a laboratory experiment investigating blue light exposure and EEG (electroencephalographic) activity, to see if a person’s chronotype could moderate the effect of monochromatic blue light. The authors note that some previous studies have reported higher alertness during blue light exposure, while other studies have failed to demonstrate this effect.
An experiment was conducted in which a group of 30 young male volunteers were exposed to two different lighting conditions of comparable luminance on room surfaces at eye level when seated. These were: monochromatic blue light (MBL) at 460nm, and polychromatic white light (PWL). After four hours of exposure, EEG measurements were taken in the morning, afternoon and evening.

It was found that the blue light effect differs depending on the length of exposure and an individual’s chronotype. From the results of the experiment it was found that the blue light effect differs depending on the length of exposure and an individual’s chronotype. MBL had a significant influence on EEG activity in the afternoon hours in morning-orientated types. The authors note that the observed effect was only based on a study of young men, limited to a particular time of the day (afternoon hours) and chronotype (morning type), and as such the results should be treated carefully.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org

 

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website www.cibse.org.

FX International Design Awards 2019 – Shortlisted

We are thrilled that dpa Project The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Buckinghamshire has been shortlisted in the ‘Lighting Design’ category of the FX International Design Awards 2019.

dpa were commissioned to design the lighting for all public front of house and guest areas as well as all external lighting to both the buildings and landscaping. Closely working alongside the interior designers Dennis Irvine Studio, architects, Gibberd and landscape designers Colvin and Moggridge to achieve a comprehensive and coherent scheme.

Photography courtesy of James Balston.

Award Winner – Light Middle East Awards 2019

We are excited to announce that dpa has WON three awards at the Light Middle East Awards 2019, out of a total of seven  shortlisted projects. Huge congratulations to our dpa Dubai studio who designed these award winning projects.