Two Arup projects won a total of three awards at the 27th annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Awards. The awards were presented at ceremony held amongst the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, on Thursday 13 May.
The New Acropolis Museum in Athens was one of only eight projects, chosen from 210 entries, to receive the Award of Excellence. It also attracted the Sustainability Award, the only project granted the award in 2010. The Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing received a Special Citation, recognised for creatively integrating daylighting in a museum setting.
Arup's London and New York offices collaborated on the lighting design for both award winning projects, representing a pool of 23 award winning entries in 2010. Arup’s Florence Lam, Arfon Davies and Vasiliki Malakasi attended the ceremony in Nevada USA to accept the awards.
The lighting design for both facilities demonstrates an elegant yet sophisticated manipulation of daylight as a means of achieving energy efficiency and environmental responsibility - without sacrifice to the level of sensitivity required when illuminating antiquities and modern artwork.
The design brief for the New Acropolis Museum was to use daylight as the theme to add a fourth dimension to the ancient collection as well as the architecture. The design ensures optimum display lighting for the museum’s prized artefacts balanced with a daylight ambience throughout. The museum’s award winning lighting design re-creates a sense of the outdoor conditions in which its sculptures were originally viewed. Arup also provided concept design for structural and mechanical engineering.
The new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago was celebrated for creating a feature of its lighting, both natural and artificial. In addition to designing the Modern Wing’s lighting scheme, Arup provided structural, electrical, mechanical, public health engineering. Established in 1983, the IALD Lighting Design Awards program honours lighting projects that display high aesthetic achievement and consideration for sustainable design principles, backed by technical expertise.