In response to its increasing popularity, we worked on a significant project of opening up and re-modelling of the Wellcome Collection building.
The existing entrance-space has been expanded to make the full extent of the collection more apparent, adding new gallery spaces, youth events space, a kitchen and restaurant. The existing library was reorganised and re-opened.
The project was undertaken in various, unconnected parts of the building with work being phased to maximise the area of the building which could remain open. Working in and around the existing building with minimal disruption to the archival material and conservation spaces was a particular challenge.
This major project has improved gallery conditions and the visitor experience at the Grade II* listed Tate Britain in Millbank, London.
The galleries have been designed to maximise controlled daylight and reduce energy demand. An innovative shading system developed by us ensures artworks are lit to relevant conservation standards, avoiding direct sunlight and reducing the need for artificial lighting.
The new and refurbished spaces all have bespoke glass light fittings designed especially for the project.
We were part of the design team with John McAslan + Partners, on the transformation of the Large Meeting House at Friends House, the home of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain.
The room features a rooflight inspired by the artist James Turrell. Seating over 1,000 people, it is a versatile, accessible and sustainable space which responds to the growing needs of the outreach and social programmes at Friends House.
Our approach for external lighting was to avoid bright and polluting lighting installations commonly associated with large events. Instead we created a scheme based on colour and movement, gaining the same focus and attention but with much less energy use.
The roof and sides of the Venue with a grid of 120 RGB light fittings which produce animations inspired by what is happening in the Park and inside the Venue. For example, a race in the adjacent Aquatics Venue creating a wave which runs up the Water Polo roof.
The scheme required detailed modelling and full scale mock ups to deal with the tricky reflective material and tight angles, ensuring that it worked perfectly on completing. Internal lighting in the venue was driven by the need of competitions and HDTV. Careful analysis was needed to make sure lighting worked from all angles and that no distracting glare was created when the water was disturbed during play.