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2005 IALD Award Winners (22nd Annual)

IALD Awards 23 International Lighting Design Projects Representing Eight Countries

New York, NY, April 13, 2005 - The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is proud to award 23 lighting design projects with prestigious IALD recognition for their outstanding and innovative lighting solutions. This group of projects represents the most awards ever presented in one year of the award show´s 22-year history. The award-winning designs come from projects from eight different countries: Italy, Indonesia, Germany, Greece, Korea, Spain, the United States and United Kingdom. The distinguished designers represent seven countries: Italy, Indonesia, Germany, France, Spain, the United States and United Kingdom, making this annual IALD event a truly global endeavor. The coveted recognition was bestowed by the IALD during its 22nd Annual IALD Awards Presentation held on April 13 in New York in conjunction with Lightfair International.

The 23 projects represented six of the seven categories in which projects are submitted and judged under recently revised IALD awards judging criteria.

Seven IALD Awards of Excellence were awarded: one in both the corporate and the retail/entertainment categories; two in site/fa?ade; and three in the category of monumental structures/public spaces. The highest point-earner is awarded the coveted Radiance Award for Excellence in Architectural Lighting Design.

Fifteen projects earned IALD Awards of Merit; two in both the hospitality and corporate categories; three in the site/fa?ade category; and four in each the retail/entertainment and monumental structures/public spaces categories.

An IALD Special Citation for innovative use of materials and techniques for daylighting control was granted for an entry in the academic/institutional category.

"We were very happy with the caliber of projects received this year," said Kenneth A. Douglas, IALD Awards Chair. "We had 141 projects from 14 different countries in the mix - giving our judges a full, three-day workout."

"We were very happy with the caliber of projects received this year," said Kenneth A. Douglas, IALD Awards Chair. "We had 141 projects from 14 different countries in the mix - giving our judges a full, three-day workout."

Seven IALD Awards of Excellence were presented, with the Radiance Award going to the site/fa?ade entry:


  • Galleria West, Seoul, Korea

There is nothing new about LED screens on facades, but Galleria West wraps the lighting around the volume of the building to form a new fluid and dynamic architecture of light. By day, the front of the building shows off a sophisticated frosted glass fa?ade, and at night it transforms into a vibrant and scenic experience. This effect was achieved with 5,000 backlit frosted glass disks. Principal lighting designer on the project is Rogier van der Heide, IALD, of Arup Lighting, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The other site/fa?ade award of excellence was presented to:

  • Pulrose Power Station, Isle of Man, UK

The newly built gas turbine power station is flanked by a sports center and major road, which called for lighting to help create a more aesthetic presence. In response, exterior color-changing luminaries light the flu stack to complement the turbine hall. Internally white lights make the mesh translucent. These lights are programmed to create chases of movement up and around the stack. The completed scheme runs every evening creating a striking nighttime landmark. Principal lighting designer on the project is Jonathan Speirs, principal of Speirs and Major Associates in Edinburgh, also in the United Kingdom. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Sandra Downie, Carrie Donahue Bremner and Iain Ruxton.

One award of excellence was presented in the corporate category to:

  • Berlin Medical Society, Berlin, Germany

The new office building of the Berlin Medical Society needed lighting to create a soothing office atmosphere that caters to physical, emotional and psychological human needs, and allows for some individual control. The design solution began with consultants who employed principles of yoga, Feng-Shui, biophysics and other approaches to healing. In the conference room, a pendant luminaire directs light over the table while indirect colored lighting on the ceiling and wall creates a stimulating environment. The result is that in individual offices, each person can select warm-white, daylight white, pure color or programmed color loops to support his or her well-being. Principal lighting designer on the project is Michael F. Rohde, IALD, of L-Plan, Lighting Design, also in Berlin, Germany. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Uli Heim, Karolina Zielinska and Amardeep M. Dugar.

One award of excellence was presented in the retail/entertainment category to:

  • Lath and Plaster Showroom, New York, NY, USA

To showcase the art of the plaster trade, evolving textures in multiple plaster layers culminate in sculptural 3-D forms. Blue fluorescents representing negative space beyond the forms and incandescent sources highlight the foreground structures. Individual forms hover like clouds floating against the blue backdrop. The juxtaposition of 3-D forms is meant to create an artful, geometric arrangement. Principal lighting designer on the project is Attila Uysal, IALD, of SBLD Studio, also in New York, New York. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Zengwei Fu and Peiheng Tsai.

Three awards of excellence were presented in the monumental structures/public spaces category to:

  • Bridge of Aspiration, London, England, UK

The primary challenge was to capture the dynamic form and innovative drama of the heliotropic design that changes level as it spans the street. Twenty-three square aluminum frames twist in 4-degree steps that achieve a 90-degree shift from end to end. The lighting was to enhance the experience of those using the bridge, but be economical for equipment and running costs. The design solution graphically "draws" the frame with 57 L-shaped white LEDs integrated into the corners of the aluminum frames. Principal lighting designer on the project is Jonathan Speirs and Phillip Rose of Speirs and Major Associates, also in London, United Kingdom.

  • Crown Fountain, Chicago, IL, USA

The Crown Fountain anchors one corner of Chicago´s new Millennium Park. Here, two 50-foot glass towers are connected by a shallow reflecting pool. Each tower portrays the faces of Chicagoans and changes with random programmed sequences. When the video image purses its mouth, a fountain of water emerges. Grazing fixtures, mounted below a stainless steel grate at the base of the towers, illuminate the spout of water. The sequences also allow both color-changing interior fixtures and the exterior fixtures to be on at the same time creating a gradient from white grazing to a colored interior glow. Principal lighting designer on the project is Jim Baney, IALD, of Schuler Shook, also in Chicago, Illinois. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Autumn Metzler and Brian Garthwaite.

  • St. Franziskus, Regensburg, Germany

From the exterior, the church is a rectangular box, but the interior is a striking contrast of smooth elliptical lines. The design team was charged with creating low-cost lighting that manages the unusual architecture, and daytime and nighttime needs. In the interior, two overlaying curves define the floor line and top rim of the space. A white membrane prevents direct view of the conventional flat shed roof and acts as a screen of light. Six spotlights highlight the altar. Daylight is dramatically directed through semi-transparent roof panels. Principal lighting designer on the project is Annette Hartung of Lightplanung, located in Koeln, Germany.

Fifteen IALD Awards of Merit were presented. Two were awarded in the corporate category including:

  • Adotta, Vicenza, Italy

The designers transformed light into architecture in the 1200-square meter warehouse on three floors by manipulating the space and creating positive, balanced relationships while establishing new physical boundaries. For example, at the front entrance, a continuous string of light half embedded in the ceiling permeates the area and directs visitors to the staircase that dominates the space. Light at the corners of the back wall break the unity and introduce new spatial logic with 160 visible fluorescent tubes. The effect is a fresh, pristine geometric environment. Principal lighting designer on the project is Carlo Ferrari of Archingegno in Verona, Italy.

  • Stone & Youngberg, San Francisco, CA, USA

The team faced three critical design challenges: establishing a unique office identity in a cavernous volume; minimizing glare in a space subject to ample daylight; and integrating modern fixtures into an historic structure. Collaborators developed a suspended vault ceiling that sheltered the trading area from direct sunlight while diffusing daylight into the rest of the space. The shape sent even, indirect lighting over the trading space below, while reflecting light from above to enhance the architecture. Principal lighting designer on the project is Darrell Hawthorne, principal of Architecture & Light, also in San Francisco, California. Other lighting designers credited on the project are M. Jonathan Plumpton, Murray Agnew and Tina Lin.

Two awards of merit were also presented in the hospitality category to:

  • Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece

To celebrate the hotel´s 40th anniversary and extend a warm welcome to 2004 Olympic officials, the client wanted to update and refurbish the hotel. The design challenge was to create an energy-conscious lighting solution to compliment the strong architecture and enhance the modern interior. In the main lobby, lighting was carefully integrated into the fabric to ensure minimal visual intrusion within the space. The refurbishing helped the hotel to earn status as the Official International Olympic Committee Headquarters Hotel for the 2004 games. Principal lighting designers on the project are Richard Bolt and Nick Hoggett of dpa lighting consultants located in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. One other lighting designer credited on the project Michael Curry from dpa.

  • Semiramis Hotel, Athens, Greece

The design challenge was to illuminate the highly reflective glass and tile light fixtures embedded within the architecture to accent the distinctive materials. At the hotel´s entrance, horizontal LED strips light up each stair. Above, shadows are cast on the green glass balconies against the blue walls creating a colorful fa?ade. In the lobby, color-changing LED strips between a pink glass wall create a dramatic, evolving environment. In the guest rooms, translucent glass enclosed bathrooms glow from partially recessed downlights. Principal lighting designer on the project is Paul Gregory, principal of Focus Lighting in New York, New York. Other lighting designers credited on the project include Michael Cummings, Christine Caracciolo, Jennifer Alexander and JP Lira.

Three awards of merit were presented in the site/fa?ade category:

  • Frost Bank Tower, Austin, TX

The 33-story bank headquarters is sculpted with a dense rectangular base. The top of the building is crowned by an evenly lit, six-story, glass structure. At night, a second set of narrowly focused accent lights showcase the vertical mullions at the setback near the building top. At the base, monumental custom sconces add scale and create a welcoming frame around the opening portals of the lobby. Horizontal bands of light at the corners are lit by interior coves easing the transition between the solid tower and the glowing crown. Principal lighting designer on the project is Francesca Bettridge, IALD, principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design in New York, New York. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Michael Hennes, Mitul Parekh and Fabio Tuchiya.

  • Pier 1 Imports Headquarters, Fort Worth, TX

The lighting strategy for the new headquarters was to reinforce the building´s strong, architectural design. In addition, the building appeared to be separated lengthwise by glowing glass through the center. To create the effect of continuous volume, thus strengthening the building´s presence, prominent end pieces illuminated and framed the massive rectangular design. Gentle floodlighting of the stone and metal curtain wall fa?ade at the top further accented the architecture´s strong composition. Principal lighting designer on the project is Francesca Bettridge, IALD, principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc. in New York, New York. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Mitul Parekh and Nira Wattanachote.

  • Restoration of Paseo del Ovalo, Teruel, Spain

The major design challenge was to provide a fresh, unifying look that injected new life into the historic space while respecting the traditional structures. The designers played with light and dark spaces so that new space emerges when people are simply strolling or sitting in the plaza. For example, LED dots now guide visitors to the station´s dramatic entrance and benches are illuminated from below by compact fluorescent lamps. Principal lighting designer on the project is Maurici Gines of Artecluminotecnia located in Barcelona, Spain. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Jose Cardona, Javier Manzur and Eduardo Oyhenart.

Four awards of merit were presented in the category of retail/entertainment:

  • Bullring WCs, Birmingham, England

The Birmingham City Center´s water closet needed lighting that challenged the institutional approach to illuminating WC facilities, yet addressed the critical functions of security, maintenance and cost-effectiveness. The strategy was to illuminate key surfaces with striking variations in brightness. The basis of the design is the revelation of color and architecture. Along with a vibrant palette of colors and finishes, the design provides freshness, clarity and simplicity. Principal lighting designer on the project is Douglas Brennan and Murray Scott, of dpa lighting design in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Carlos Miele, New York, NY, USA

The challenge was to create a comfortable environment inside while showcasing the apparel to passersby outside. The design concept was to create an illusion of suspended colorful clothing. Cool color fluorescents illuminated the sweeping white surfaces. Neon was recessed into the epoxy floor in a custom channel contributing to the illusion of floating dresses. Hidden downlights highlighted floating mannequins. The clothing rack served as a giant reflector washing the walls with light above and behind the apparel and accenting the colorful inventory. Principal lighting designer on the project is Paul Gregory, principal of Focus Lighting, Inc., also located in New York. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Ken Ventry and Terrence Connolly.

  • Montage, Inc., Boston, MA

To showcase the gallery´s furniture, the design team worked to achieve a natural backdrop using the space´s large concrete columns and expansive windows. A dramatic, four-sided, two-story stainless steel beaded curtain was the gallery´s new focal point to entice customers to explore the lower level. The curtain was internally lit from all four sides. Strategically aimed lighting ducts created a moiré effect throughout the individual strands of beads. Principal lighting designer on the project is Daina Yurkus, principal of Light this! Architectural Theatrical Lighting Design in Boston, Massachusetts. Another lighting designer credited on the project is Brad Koerner.

  • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, near Palm Springs, CA

With inspiration from the picturesque dessert landscape, the lighting designers were charged with creating a nighttime oasis. The project encompassed lighting in the exterior fa?ade and tower, casino, lobby, parking garage and landscape. In the casino, downlights add life from the multi-surfaced ceiling. Guests are greeted with a vibrant backlit wall with floral accents. Dramatic tower lighting was blended and focused to reduce dark sky impact and an LED accent traces the flowing roofline to showcase the resort from over five miles away. Principal lighting designer on the project is Dawn Hollingsworth, IALD, LC, of Visual Terrain in Van Nuys, California. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Eileen Thomas, LC, Matt Levesque, Lisa Passamonte Green, Jeremy Windle, LC, Stacy Westbrook, and Francis Mempin.

Four awards of merits were also presented in the category of monumental structures/public spaces:

  • Devos Performance Hall Renovation, Grand Rapids, MI

The original lighting included downlights cast into the balcony´s concrete ceilings. Fixtures created a scalloped effect and unlit perimeter walls accented the distance between the upper balcony and stage. To open and unify the space, floor-to-ceiling perimeter illumination connected the audience with the stage. Numerous intersecting beams and bridges presented design challenges, but the design team achieved stunning results. Perimeter walkways and select railings were illuminated with small, recessed white steplights. A new control system was programmed to allow the house to be lit for easy color changes. The effect is a space that connects the patrons to one another, and the stage, while bringing new life to the hall. Principal lighting designer on the project is Todd Hensley, IALD, LC, of Schuler Shook in Chicago, IL. Other lighting designers credited on the project are Emily Klingensmith, IALD, LC, senior designer, and Autumn Metzler, lightin designer.

  • Jubilee Church, Rome, Italy

Daylight naturally pours into the church from between three arcing shells and an asymmetrical ceiling skylight. And, as in many great churches, the use of natural light, a symbol of the Spirit, was a driving force in the design. Likewise, the goal in designing the lighting was to achieve an appropriate nighttime response and to provide an efficient, maintainable system. To do this, four clusters of lamps above the central axis illuminates the altar and pulpit areas. Floor-mounted, compact, fluorescent uplights illuminate the lower portion of the three shells. Linear fluorescent exterior fixtures above the outer skylights light the top halves of the outer shells. In the darkness, the effect simulates a beckoning lantern. Principal lighting designer on the project is Paul Marantz, FIALD, principal of Fisher Marantz Stone in New York. ERCO GMBH is also credited with lighting design.

  • Monumen Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia

Monumen Nasional is a memorial place, which commemorates Indonesia´s independence and serves as a recreational space for the community. The design challenge was to develop lighting that would serve both the recreational as well as the commemorative roles of the structure. Thus, the memorial lighting was designed with clean, white illumination that created a solemn and graceful presence. Continuously changing, colored floodlights, based on Indonesia´s traditional colors, transformed the top sculpture into a perpetual flame symbolizing the national spirit. The lighting designer on the project is Abdi Ahsan of Auviz Lumina Plano Pt.

  • Rion Antirion Bridge, Corinth Gulf, Greece

The Rion Antirion Bridge is 27 meters wide and 2300 meters long. It has four towers at intervals across the length of the structure that inspired a design that enhances the nocturnal landscape. The two sides of the gold-painted bridge are illuminated with 560 floodlights equipped with yellow glass filters and visors. Each is positioned to direct a horizontal shadow to the next cantilever on the side of the bridge. The towers are illuminated from the bridge floor with 176 floodlights that cast blue highlights into the dark, night sky. Principal lighting designers on the project are Roger Narboni, Sara Castagné and Frédérique Parent of Concepto Agency in Bagneaux, France.

One Special Citation for Innovative Use of Materials and Techniques for Daylight Control was awarded in the academic/institutional category to:

  • Kingsdale School, London, England, UK

The challenge was to refurbish the 50-year old school by enclosing a three-story inner court to accommodate a new auditorium, performance space and dining area. Natural and energy-efficient artificial lighting was needed to help the space function, yet surrounding classrooms were not to be affected. The solution began with a roof structure that can be inflated or deflated to allow 5 to 50 percent of the natural light to filter into the space, depending on lighting and heating requirements. After dark, suspended metal halide fittings provide light. In the auditorium, external fittings, that emphasize the Principal lighting designer on the project is Henrietta Lynch of Fulcrum Consulting in London, England.

The IALD Lighting Design Awards program was established in 1983 and is co-sponsored by Professional Lighting Design magazine. It honors lighting projects that display high aesthetic achievement backed by technical expertise. Entries are submitted into one of seven categories: Academic/Institutional; Corporate; Hospitality; Monumental Structures/Public Spaces; Residential; Retail/Entertainment; and Site/Fa?ade. Additionally, projects can also be submitted for consideration in the sustainable design award category, which means the project undergoes an additional round of judging keyed solely to the fulfillment of sustainable design principles. A panel of award-winning lighting designers and architects review the projects.

This year, the IALD received 141 submissions from 14 countries. The IALD, established in 1969, is an international organization dedicated to the profession of architectural lighting design. Based in Chicago and comprised of over 700 members throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the IALD´s role is to set the global standard for lighting design excellence.