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2006 IALD Award Winners (23rd Annual)

Awards of Excellence

High Museum of Art
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Judging Category
Monumental Structures/Public Spaces

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

A key aspiration was creating gallery spaces in which natural light was the primary source of illumination. Skylights on the roof were designed to allow diffused north light and reflected sunlight to enter the gallery, while excluding direct sunlight. The design process involved many stages of evaluation and prediction to ensure conservation limits were not exceeded, also ensuring that artworks would not be damaged from excessive light exposure. The resulting quantity and distribution of natural light minimizes electric lighting energy consumption in 25 percent of the new gallery spaces. Principal lighting designer on the project is Andrew Sedgwick of Arup Lighting in London. Arfon Davies is also credited for the lighting design on the project.

The High Museum of Art also won the first IALD Sustainable Design Award,
which was first recognized as an Award of Excellence and then judged in the sustainable design category. The IALD instituted a sustainability category in 2004. Although there were submissions into the category, no project had met the qualifications until this year's judging. According to the judging criteria, "sustainable lighting design meets the qualitative needs of the visual environment with the least impact on the physical environment."

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