Announcing the FX Awards 2019 Winners!

Lighting Design

Winner: Royal Opera House by StudioFractal

Lighting Design  Winner: Royal Opera House by StudioFractal

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The Royal Opera House’s Open Up project allows increased public access to one of the world’s pre-eminent cultural institutions. StudioFractal provided comprehensive lighting design for the Open Up areas, a lighting scheme for the Paul Hamlyn Hall, and comprehensive exterior lighting design. The lighting strategy was to reinforce the client’s aspirations to be more visible and welcoming, and to complement and enhance the architectural vision of creating lightness and space within the foyer spaces, as well as breathe new energy into front-of-house areas.

The changing volumes and materials are complemented by a series of lighting techniques, finely crafted to create flowing, interlinked spaces but still convey a variety of atmospheres. Light used to wash selected ceiling and wall surfaces helps to reduce visual contrast by day. By night, lower lighting levels help to create elegant pre-theatre, dinner and post-theatre settings.

The new Paul Hamlyn Hall lighting reveals for the first time the intricate Victorian ironwork, while discrete spotlights highlight the tables, and integrated lighting highlights the movable bar. Externally, a comprehensive lighting scheme identifies and celebrates a vertical rhythm, drawing all six facades together into a recognisable identity.

Bespoke lighting design included contemporary theatre projectors in the main foyer; glass risers illuminating the staircase up to the Paul Hamlyn Hall; period-themed restaurant terrace lanterns; and contemporary pendants in the Linbury Foyer bar.

All lighting was a mixture of 2700K, 3000K and 6000K 90CRI LED sources, and programmable systems for the main public spaces and Linbury Foyer allow full theatrical control.

The judges said...

‘Classic challenges executed beautifully with consistency from inside to outside’ 

Finalists & Judges’ Comments

No. 1 Courtyard in Guangzhou Road, Heze, Beijing, by Beijing Puri Lighting Design
‘Stunning interplay of light and reflective surfaces’

The Langley by dpa Lighting
‘Dramatic and stylish’

Eclairage Total Italia-Hydropower St Anton by Herward Dunkel Lichtdesign
‘Light is the key material here. Absolute blackness transformed into space’

Istanbul Airport by Hoare Lea
‘Working at such a scale at this level of success is a great achievement’

Beecroft Building by Hoare Lea
‘Beautiful lighting to complement this iconic space’

Head Above Water by Hoare Lea
‘Impressive interplay of sculpture, light and technology to connect and interact with people’

Light Cube by Kris Lin International Design
‘A sense that light is the driver in the design; elegant and refined’

Self-Portrait flagship store by Lichtvision
‘Creative use of light and shade’

KL Sports City by Limelight Atelier
‘Inspirational, vibrant and iconic lighting for an iconic stadium’

Center St Parking Garage by Marcy Wong Donn Logan
‘Transforms the everyday multistorey car park into a functional and stylish art form’

Yee Chino by Yeung Home Lighting
‘Different areas create both calm and dazzling light displays’

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