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Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards a success

19 June 2013 16.30 BST

(Spain) - Fifth edition of Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards attracts record 608 projects from 52 countries. Ceremony attended by 350 lighting professionals.

The event, lead by Ignasi Cusidó, CEO of LAMP, and hosted by journalist Lídia Heredia (TV3), was held at the IMO (Institut de Microcirurgia Ocular) in Barcelona.

The 2013 LAMP Lighting Solutions Awards distributed prize money totalling €48,000 over four categories: Architectural Outdoor Lighting, Indoor Lighting, Urban and Landscape Lighting, and Students Proposals.

The winner of the Architectural Outdoor Lighting award, with a prize of €15,000, went to The Rookery in Chicago, by Office for Visual Interaction (OVI). The judges commented that: “The lighting designer’s treatment of this historical building façade is both sympathetic and innovative. All of the luminaires are concealed, using a clever mounting arm system, to protect the integrity of the building that picks out each detail of the intricate masonry carving. It would have been easy to just floodlight this beautiful building. The judges felt that by going the extra mile, this lighting designer has revealed The Rookery in the new light.”

The Indoor Lighting award, also with a prize of €15,000, went to Cineteca Matadero in Madrid, by Churtichaga+Quadra-Salcedo, because: “The judges felt that this stunning scheme, using a lit woven basket structure to lift a once gruesome space (it was a slaughterhouse) into a contemporary art centre, is nothing short of miraculous. Strips of LED light the baskets and the space they occupy to create a magical effect thus greatly enhancing the visitor experience.”

The Urban & Landscape Lighting award went to two projects of very different proportions. With a prize of €7,500 each, the awards went to Gardens By The Bay in Singapore by Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) and to Collective Light For Rural Africa in Mali by architect Matteo Ferroni.

Of LPA's Singapore scheme, the judges said, “The genius of this scheme is its scale and the ability to integrate all the areas into a tangible, environmentally friendly, design. The judges felt that the scheme engages visitors with interactive light elements whilst at the same time creating dramatic centerpieces using layers of shadow and light and not just blankets of overlit spaces.”

Of Ferroni's lighting solution, the judges commented: “At the other end of the scale the judges loved this innovative idea to generate local light for local communities. The ‘lighting tool’ uses an LED module with bicycle parts, water pipes and a telephone cable to create off-grid lighting. The system has now brought communities together at night in addition to the day. Ingenious.”

With a prize of €3,000, the judges gave the 2013 LAMP Award for Students Proposals to The Hope by Daniel Guerra and Alejandra Muelas, ETSAM students. “The professionalism of all the student entries impressed the judges but this particular proposal had a practical, as well as an inspirational, purpose. Beautifully presented with a quirky video, The Hope is an evacuation solution to disaster struck areas and its people. A ray of light in times of turmoil,” said the judging panel.

The judging panel consisted of Francesco Iannone, Lighting Designer and President of the Jury (Italy); Elías Cisneros, Lighting Designer (Mexico); Andreas Schulz, Lighting Designer (Germany); Philippe Chaix, Architect (France); Rafael Aranda, Architect (Spain); María Langarita, Architect (Spain); Antoni Arola, Interior & Industrial Designer (Spain); and Paul James, mondo*arc magazine editor (UK).


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