Diversified engineering firm Arup’s ‘Mathematics’ exhibit at the Winton Gallery in London’s Science Museum, UK, received the Award of Merit at the 35th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards, which took place in Chicago, USA, on 9 May.
The IALD Lighting Design Awards celebrate the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of architectural lighting design, honouring lighting projects that display high aesthetic achievement and technical expertise.
Arup’s design for the Winton Gallery, described as “stunning” by one of the judges, captures and enhances Zaha Hadid’s architectural vision. It brings advanced mathematical concepts to the everyday visitor experience through the integration, exploration and unexpected use of colours and lighting typologies within the visual metaphor of an airplane’s turbulent flow. Unprecedented in a gallery setting, the blend between purple and blue creates a breath-taking and unforgettable experience for visitors.
“Close collaboration with the architects and the client was essential to the successful completion of the project. Regular workshops were put in place, where sketches, 3D interactive models and tests on samples were crucial to delivering the client’s vision,” the firm acknowledges.
Arup’s LightLab was used with the design team to test label and architectural lighting options that allowed them to evaluate lighting equipment and details.