(Spain) – The seventh Lamp Lighting Solution Awards were held in Barcelona last week, aimed at celebrating all that is good in architectural lighting design.
On June 15th, the seventh edition of the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards was held at Espai Xavier Corberó, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona.
The event, lead by Mr. Ignasi Cusidó, CEO of Lamp Lighting, and hosted by TV journalist Bibiana Ballbè, was closed by the prestigious lighting designer and president of the jury, Kaoru Mende (Japan), supported by the rest of the judges: lighting designers Gustavo Avilés (Mexico), Colin Ball (United Kingdom), Anna Sbokou (Greece) and Rafael Gallego (Spain), architect Joan Roig (Spain), and interior designer Stefano Colli (Italy). Furthermore, the event counted on the collaboration of La Invisible Lighting Design Studio, who surprised visitors with its lighting installation.
The gala was attended by 450 professionals of the worldwide lighting sector. Paying homage to the sculptor Xavier Corberó (1935-2017), the attendees toasted to art and light, while recreating the legendary parties of Dalí. It was an enjoyable, bohemian-artistic event in which the attendees could taste typical Spanish tapas and rice, do networking in the calm chill outs, or drink a gin and tonic whilst dancing to live music in the Piano Bar, and also take home a funny ‘photocall’ caricature of themselves.
This year’s edition saw an increase in the number of lighting designers, with 60% of participants coming from this field, rather than the architects and interior designers, who together used to make up the majority.
A total of 523 projects from 43 countries prove the international reach of the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards. The winners in the four different categories of the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards ‘17 were:
ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Winner: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia by Steensen Varming
Special Mention: Light Frieze Kunstmusuem Basel, Switzerland by Multivision LED-Systeme and iart AG
With a prize of €5,000, the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for Architectural Outdoor Lighting went to the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra, Australia, by Steensen Varming, for: “an elegantly balanced scheme where each detail is accented appropriately. Integrating the light throughout the monument the consistency of approach is equally expressed in the constructed elements of darkness.”
Winner: First Sunset in the Pacific, Madrid, Spain, by Clavel Arquitectos
With a prize of €5,000, the judges gave the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for Indoor Lighting to First Sunset In The Pacific, in Madrid, Spain, by Clavel Arquitectos, for: “a totally unique way to look at the experience of parking and elevate it to a sense of arrival. Taking a fully immersive experience into a mundane space is brave and truly original.”
URBAN AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
Winner: Light In Transition Central Square of Kozani, Kozani, Greece by Mara Spentza
Special Mention: RAVAL KM0, Barcelona, Spain, by Curro Claret and Maria Güell Ordis
The judges awarded a prize of €5,000 and the award for Urban and Landscape Lighting to Light In Transition Central Square Of Kozani, in Kozani, Greece, by Mara Spentza, saying: “implementing a lighting strategy in the midst of an economic crisis is not only courageous, it truly recognises light’s ability to provide central focus to a community and increase social engagement, stimulating night-time economy and enhancing a whole town’s identity.”
Winner: In Praise Of Shadows by Sergi Sauras and Pau Garrofé, Barcelona, Spain
With a prize of €1,000, the judges gave the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for Students Proposals to In Praise Of Shadows by Sergi Sauras and Pau Garrofé, students at Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura La Salle, Barcelona, Spain. In giving this award, the judges said: “to capture one’s shadow, a sensitive proposal exquisitely illustrating and stunningly executed. Every element of the production was simply beautiful.”