A special preview of this month’s
lightspace london 2018 show, a unique event
focusing on trends in architectural lighting
WORDS: Ray Molony
PICTURES: as credited
Inspiration and education are high on the agenda for this year’s lightspace london, now in its fourth incarnation. Organised by Lighting magazine and co- located at ExCeL London with Europe’s largest annual lighting event, LuxLive 2018, lightspace
london is a unique exhibition and conference which
brings architects and the lighting design community
together to share ideas and inspiration.
At its centre is the lightspace arena which will feature
two days of curated content and no fewer than three
dedicated conference streams. These include Lighting
for Museums and Galleries, Lighting for Workplace
and Wellbeing, and Lighting for Retail and Hospitality.
The Lighting for Museums and Galleries conference
will focus on the belated arrival of the LED lighting
revolution in the sector, bringing with it a whole array
of functionality beyond simple illumination. Smart
controls and LEDs are changing how we think about
lighting, how we successfully light the world’s most
precious objects and artworks, and how institutions
can interact with visitors in new ways.
The programme will include presentations on the three
blockbuster museum and gallery lighting projects in
2018: the relighting of the venerable Royal Academy
of Arts in London, the V&A Dundee and the world’s
largest museum, the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem
Cultural Centre in Kuwait.
The team behind the Royal Academy of Arts will
outline the challenges, the conservation issues and
the technical capabilities of the lighting, which
features 1500 LED spotlights controlled by Bluetooth
technology and boasting beacons which allow
interaction with visitors’ mobile phones.
The lighting design team at Arup will walk us through
the concept and processes behind the remarkable V&A
Dundee. Arup used advanced digital 3D modelling
to deliver Kengo Kuma’s visionary building, the only
V&A museum outside of London and his first building
in the UK. An integrated model of the entire building
included the lighting for the internal, facade and
external areas of the galleries and foyer spaces.
At an immense 22,000sqm of galleries, the newly
opened Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre
in Kuwait is one of the largest cultural projects in
the world. The challenging task of designing the