Exploiting artificial light in an interesting way for this
jewellery gallery may have been exceptionally difficult.
But so is mastering daylight and reflection from glass,
says Jiřičná. Using specially treated high-performance
glass or employing interior screens can help, a strategy
that Jiřičná has employed on a number of her Czech
Republic new-build projects. This includes her current
glass ‘sculpture’ or café situated on a historic terrace
housing the National Gallery in Prague. Also, with her
recently completed Faculty of Humanities at Tomas
Bata University in Zlin, sensor-controlled venetian
blinds have been sandwiched between layers of glass in
the boardroom windows to prevent heat from entering
and to save energy.
Specifying energy efficient lighting is a major concern
of Jiřičná’s and she applauds the fact that LED
technology is becoming more usable, though she still
believes LEDs have their limitations.
‘I’m confident that there will be another way of
producing even more efficient and ecological lighting
with better control and ability,’ says Jiřičná. ‘Lighting
technology is getting closer to creating something that
has the quality of daylight. The nearer we get to that,
and environmentally controlling the energy we invest
in lights, the better.’
Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at
London’s V&A Museum, with a
lighting scheme by DHA Design.
‘Like Tiffany’s, people are only
aware of the effect of the lighting
and don’t see the lights’