Eton College Chapel &
Drawing Schools


dpa have worked on a number of projects for Eton College, however the magnificent chapel represented the most challenging to light.

A series of concealed uplights provide the casual observer with an opportunity to study, for the first time, the fine fan vaulting of the main ceiling. Discretely hidden track mounted spotlights bathe the altar and performance area in warm light whilst the rich colours of the altar tapestry are given added vibrancy by being picked out using spotlights. Gothic style enclosures, designed by the Architect, conceal luminaires which provide uplighting to the stone columns and the main ceiling at the east end of the chapel.

The lighting of the many polished brass plaques, laid in memory of the old Etonians who died in the two World Wars, presented a particular challenge. It was resolved by integrating a specially designed fibre optic fixture into the back of the timber pews which were positioned in front of the plaques.