When South Thames College decided to expand and rebrand, we were called in to create an architectural lighting design scheme for the exterior facade of the new Health & Social Care Wing.
In line with the college’s sustainability ethos, our design had to be low in energy consumption but also dynamic, stimulating, and a key feature of the building. We opted for colour-changing LED uplights that accentuate the architecture of the building while ensuring that no unnecessary and distracting light drifts inside.
To minimise light pollution and energy waste, we carefully positioned the upward-facing lights directly beneath floor slabs and the roof above: it meant that the light distribution didn’t “spill out” beyond the building and into the atmosphere around it.
If it sounds simple, it wasn’t! A tremendous amount of technical planning, calculation and product design went into our lighting design, and the final effect is stunning.
This project was undertaken while Paul was Director of Light Bureau. Photography © Light Bureau
— Paul Nulty