CUMBERLAND ART GALLERY,
HAMPTON COURT PALACE, LONDON
The Cumberland Art Gallery – a dedicated space for
artworks from the Royal Collection – houses works
by artists such as Holbein and Caravaggio. While
remaining faithful to the architecture, the intent of
the recent refurbishment by architects Purcell was to
create the atmosphere of a gallery and use art as the
lens through which to understand the history and
material culture of the palace. This meant displaying
artworks in new ways and lighting them creatively.
However, the proposed addition of accent lighting
raised an obvious challenge: the fabric of the listed
building including the ceilings and walls couldn’t
be touched. Hoare Lea’s solution was to design and
manufacture special disc-shaped rosettes that are
suspended from the ceiling above the chandeliers
and use the same power point. On each is mounted a
series of miniature spotlights to accent the artwork.
Each spotlight is dimmable, adjustable, and can be
moved within the disc and angled to light a painting
or architectural feature. The drivers sit alongside the
luminaires, away from view.