Artifact Bar wins big at [d]arc awards 2023

12th April 2024

(UK) – LightOrigin Studio wins two [d]arc awards for lighting scheme.

Artifact, a speakeasy bar hidden within the basement of Hong Kong’s BaseHall Central, won the Places Low category before winning Best of the Best for receiving the most votes across the competition.

Inspired by its interior design’s theme of rhythmic patterns of underground cisterns, Light Origin’s lighting inspiration is drawn from the underground cisterns’ creating tranquil yet theatrical lighting atmosphere with ethereal ambience.

Find out more on LightOrigin’s Artifact project here:

370 entries worldwide were submitted to this year’s awards with more than 11,000 votes cast. Before voting all entries were shortlisted by a team of lighting designers: Eugenia Cheng, LightOrigin Studio; Andrea Levratti, Lightera; Jenny Bland, Lightheory Studio; Pinar Onatm P.ERO Lighting Design; Nicolas Houel, l’Observatoire de la nuit; Sophya Acosta, Sophya Acosta Lighting Design Studio.

The 80s themed awards party hosted by darc media and creative partners Light Collective. 600 guests attended with 90% of which were designers.

The evening included neon inspired light art installations, 80s food and dress code, a retro video game arcade sponsored by Lutron, Alexy’s Revenge’ selfie spot provided by Unibox, and UV face paint.

The light art installations were provided by manufacturer sponsors who partnered with lighting design studios to design something inspiring, fun but sustainable within a £600 materials budget.

Into and Fibr8 took the award for best installation for their compilation tape inspired installation, ‘Now That’s What I Call Darc’, which used Fibr8’s Laser-Powered Fibre Optic Light Lines.

2023 [d]arc awards manufacturer partners and installation teams:

  • Applelec and Nulty+ – “TM Tetris”
  • Architectural FX and dpa lighting consultants – “Murder on the Dance Floor”
  • Designed Architectural Lighting and Delta Lighting Design – “Blockbustetris”
  • ELR and Equation – “Party Light Out”
  • Fibr8 and Into Lighting – “Now That’s What I Call darc”
  • Formalighting and Foster + Partners – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Kingfisher Lighting and Arup – “Flicker of Fear”
  • No Grey Area and Michael Grubb Studio – “Let’s Get Physical”
  • Proled and Buro Happold – “Illuminated Dreamscapes”
  • Rako Controls and Lighting Design Studio – “Top of the Crops”
  • Radiant Architectural Lighting and BDP – “Pac Man”
  • Signify and Cundall – “A Fruity Place to Dance”
  • Thorn Lighting and Hoare Lea – ‘The darc 80s”
  • Vivalyte and Light Bureau – “Voguelicious”

All category winners from the 2023 [d]arc awards included:

Places – High Budget: Chapel of Sound, China by Beijing Ning Field Lighting Design

Places – Low Budget: Artifact Bar, Hong Kong by LightOrigin Studio

Spaces – High: The Dark Line, Taiwan by Artec Studio

Spaces – Low: Bùnquers del Castell de la Trinitat, Spain by Atelier Medina Querini

Structures – High: Islamic Arts Biennale Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Glare

Structures – Low: St Patrick’s Church, Ireland by Dark Source

Art – High: Inner Peace, UK by Foster + Partners

Art – Low: Reverberating Light, USA by lightexture

Art – Bespoke: Garlo I Chaise Longue, UK by Marina Garlo

Event: Amsterdam Light Festival Edition 12, Netherlands

Kit – Architectural Interior: Cometa Q4 by DGA

Kit – Architectural Exterior: Mini G-Cat by Stoane Lighting

Kit – Decorative: Array by Vibia

Kit – Technology: Laser-Powered Fibre Optic Light Lines by Fibr8

The [d]arc awards is supported by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Society of Light + Lighting (SLL). The awards are curated by Light Collective alongside darc media and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at the 2024 awards.

Watch the full awards at[d]arcawards-liveatfabricnightclub