KSLD wins Codega Award

Kevan Shaw, founder of KSLD, collecting the Codega Award for the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber in October this year.

(Italy) – Kevan Shaw collects coveted prize for the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber at the ceremony in Venice with iGuzzini Palco LV winning best product.

The sixth edition of the Codega Award, the international recognition for LED solutions and lighting design excellence, took place in the wonderful setting of Ca’ Zen in Venice on Friday 19th of October.

The Award is promoted by international associations such as Assodel (Italian Association of Electronics Clusters) in partnership with PHOT – IDEA (International Distribution of Electronics Association) and represents a very important networking occasion for the lighting world.

56 lighting design projects from all over the world and 30 products destined to be the main protagonists of innovation and design in the coming years have put in serious difficulty the international jury who wanted to assign five special mentions, so high was the level of international projects presented.

More than 60 lighting designers and experts from the world of architecture and design took part and gave life and depth to the awards ceremony held in the spectacular Ca’Zen Venetian palace.

The Venetian glass-making master Massimiliano Schiavon created two unique glass masks as the awards for the lighting design and product prizes.

The first prize of the Lighting Design category went to the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber in Edinburgh realised by Scottish lighting design practice, KSLD.

The judging panel, which included arc editor Paul James, stated that it is “… an innovative project both in the design approach and in the technology of extracting light from the sources. The classic meets contemporary. Tradition uses technology. Artificial light becomes natural light and vice versa. The visual impact is extremely soft. The balance in this project is perfect.”

The Debating Chamber is the heart of, and the reason for, the Scottish Parliament building. During parliamentary business, it effectively functions as a TV studio. At other times it is presented to visitors as a fine architectural space. The new lighting uses specially designed LED light guide fittings to provide a general field of soft light when the parliament is not sitting, casting more light into the ceiling, articulating the amazing structure of the chamber.

Second place went to the ShenZhen LongGang ChuangTou Tower by Grand Design International: “The technology is known but the system is able to completely envelop the building transforming it in an artistic façade. A bright building where even the chosen images are the indispensable texture of the architecture. A new chapter on dynamic architectural perception.”

Tunateca Belfagò, realised by artec3, was given the third prize. “Light is the means to perceptually transform the interior and is able to construct a dreamlike space. The perception of space and the thematic allusions are held together.”

A special mention was given to the Belgian studio ACTLD for three projects that were considered of very high value: La fleche dans les nuages – Strasbourg; Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam; and Brussels Airport.

The Committee also gave three special mentions for lighting design projects:
Special mention for Creativity: Cafeteria Dusseldorf realized by LKL – Licht Kunst Licht. Special mention for Innovation: Light Cloud by Tamschick Media & Space.
Special mention for Installation: Jelzin Presidential Center by Lichtwerke.

iGuzzini’s Palco LV won the best product award with the judges giving the award “… to an innovative lighting product that, thanks to LED sources, maintains flexible performances, reaches a goal of miniaturisation and dematerialisation of the lighting fixture, which is well combined in museum and retail applications.”

The judges also awarded a special mention to Grupo MCI for Smart Dot designed by Light Collective Design.

The winning projects will also be presented at Illuminotronica from November 29th to December 1st in Bologna at the end of a conference dedicated to Smart lighting and new technological trends for architectural applications.