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Broken Light wins IALD Radiance Award

11 May 2012 09.00 BST

(USA) - Daglicht & Vorm continue winning streak for unconventional Rotterdam lighting scheme.

The Netherlands-based lighting design practice Daglicht & Vorm has won the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Radiance Award for its ‘Broken Light’ concept in its hometown of Rotterdam.

The award is the latest in a string of honours the scheme has received in the last year. It first claimed second prize in the City.People.Light Awards 2011 sponsored by Philips and LUCI before winning the Lumiville Award in Lyon. It then took the best International Exterior Project at the UK Lighting Design Awards in March this year.

Fifteen award winners representing architectural lighting design projects from seven countries comprise the winners of the 29th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards, recognised at a presentation held last night at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas during Lightfair International.

Of the projects recognised, two entries earned Special Citations, six earned Awards of Merit and seven earned Awards of Excellence. Broken Light was the highest point score winner across all categories so, in addition to receiving an Award of Excellence for the project, it received the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. Daglicht & Vorm received this honour for the first time and was accepted by Rudolf Teunissen from the practice.

Broken Light was developed in response to a design competition for Rotterdam’s Katendrecht neighbourhood. Rudolf Teunissen and Marinus van der Voorden of Daglicht & Vorm proposed an immersive experience using light as art to reflect the neighbourhood's fiery past.

“A very unconventional and original solution to an every-day situation,” one judge praised of the project. “Lighting can be fun!”

Katendrecht, also known as the Cape, had been home to sailors, pirates, prostitutes and other unsavoury individuals from its establishment in 1895 through approximately 1980, when the last harbour activities were moved on to bigger, newer harbours along the Nieuwe Waterweg. Since then, the area has completely transformed itself into an appealing residential district. Broken Light partly took over the public lighting and transformed the look and feel of Atjehstraat, creating an interior, cathedral-like space. Tall columns rise up along facades, reaching for the sky. Static and tight, the beams are balanced by pools of light reflecting on the ground. What looks like graffiti from above, pedestrians experience as pools of light and dark. The light motifs are inspired by flowers and birds, and are conveyed by the light system as high-yield light effects and patterns.

“Especially impressive are the adjustable fixtures, with moving shutters and patterns, providing individual solutions for the different lighting challenges along the street,” one judge commented.

The optical system and luminaire are custom made. The vertical and horizontal projections are operated by one lamp in a fitting situated at a height of six metres. An extra standard road light armature has also been added. The designers used the system to vary the size, pattern and intensity of projections to customise space between windows, creating glare-free street lighting.

One judge summed up the final design as “technically fascinating, and an equally ambitious solution to an often mundane lighting commission”.

Broken Light has rejuvenated a street that until a few years ago was rife with crime. It exists as a social sculpture for the street’s residents, who literally and figuratively have welcomed a little light into the neighbourhood.

The IALD Lighting Design Awards program, established in 1983, honours lighting projects that display high aesthetic achievement backed by technical expertise. 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, architects and interior designers review the projects.

Complete list of winners:

BROKEN LIGHT Rudolf Teunissen; Daglicht & Vorm Rotterdam, Netherlands

THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL Paul Marantz, FIALD; Fisher Marantz Stone New York, NY USA
FUTAKO TAMAGAWA RISE Hiroyasu Shoji, IALD; Lightdesign Inc Tokyo, Japan
LIGHTING BEIRUT ARCHITECTURE Elena Dallai; Light Cibles Beirut, Lebanon
LAGARES SHOWROOM Maurici Ginés, IALD; Artec3 Studio Girona, Spain
UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE Paul Zaferiou, IALD; Lam Partners Washington, DC USA

HARROW SCHOOL CHAPEL Gary Campbell; DPA Lighting Design Harrow, Middlesex, UK
ST REGIS OSAKA Kaoru Mende, IALD; Lighting Planners Associates Inc Osaka, Japan
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR MEMORIAL David Mintz, FIALD; Randy Burkett, FIALD, Randy Burkett Lighting Design Inc Washington, DC USA
HATOYA 3 BLDG Yutaka Inaba, Associate IALD; Forlights Tokyo, Japan
YOTEL Paul Gregory; Focus Lighting New York, NY USA

THE HIGH LINE Hervé Descottes; L’Observatoire International New York, NY USA- for the Sensitive Application of Light in a Repurposed Urban Setting
NOVAMED POLYCLINIC Dean Skira; Skira Ltd Zagreb, Croatia - for the Successful Translation of a Visual Theme Into Light


IALD Radiance Award winner Broken Light by Daglicht & Vorm.
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