Corpus Christi College, Cambridge – Old Hall, Wilkins Stair & Parker Room, UK

dpa were invited to work with Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (founded in 1321) and NRAP Architects, to design a lighting scheme that would complement and enhance the proposed renovations to the Servery (within the Old Hall), Wilkins Stair and Parker Room.

The architectural transformation has restored the medieval space to its former splendour; rediscovering the beautiful, original features that had been hidden for many years.  dpa’s aim was to provide a lighting scheme that was not only functional, but also discrete and sympathetic in the techniques used to highlight these historical characteristics; such as the elegant timber beam frame and elaborate stone corbels of the Servery and the gothic stone arches and intricate moulded plaster ceiling of the Wilkins Stair.  The lighting scheme in the Parker Room now provides complete flexibility for use of the space, from lectures to private dining and the portrait collection that had never been illuminated before, is now fully admired, adorning the walls with prominence.

A sophisticated, automated control system ensures the lighting is set to the most efficient and effective levels throughout the day, whilst the simple and intuitive control panels in each room give the College further flexibility to create appropriate lighting scenes for the various functions that are held.

Client: Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Architect: NRAP Architects, Cambridge
Photography: David Valinsky