darc awards / architectural reaches climax at darc night

Mônica Luz Lobo, Creative Director of LD Studio from Brazil, collecting the coveted darc award.

(UK) – LD Studio of Brazil won the coveted darc award during darc night, the darc awards / architectural ceremony, that took place at MC Motors in London on September 14th.

The darc awards / architectural, organised by mondo*arc together with creative consultants Light Collective, is a celebration of the world’s best lighting design and is the world’s only peer-to-peer lighting design awards. darc night is a unique event to celebrate the winners of darc awards / architectural consisting of street food, a free bar and light installations by top lighting designers and manufacturers.

The winners were:

STRUCTURES: Best Exterior Lighting Scheme – Low Budget and darc award (project with the most votes): Pier Mauá Cranes, Brazil by LD Studio, Brazil.

STRUCTURES: Best Exterior Lighting Scheme – High Budget: Strasbourg Cathedral, France by L’Acte Lumiere, France.

PLACES: Best Interior Lighting Scheme – Low Budget: German Ivory Museum, Germany by Licht Kunst Licht, Germany.

PLACES: Best Interior Lighting Scheme – High Budget: Bahá’í Temple of South America, Chile by Limarí Lighting Design, Chile.

SPACES: Best Landscape Lighting Scheme – Low Budget: Cleveland House Canal Tunnel, UK by Enlightened, UK.

SPACES: Best Landscape Lighting Scheme – High Budget: Nova Lumina, Canada by Moment Factory, Canada.

ART: Best Light Art Scheme – Low Budget: Heart Berat, UK by GNI Projects, UK.

ART: Best Light Art Scheme – High Budget: Twisted, Croatia by Skira, Croatia.

EVENT: Best Creative Lighting Event: Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, UK by Keith Watson & Canary Wharf Group.

KIT: Best Architectural Lighting Products – Exterior Luminaires: TILE Exterior by Cooledge.

KIT: Best Architectural Lighting Products – Interior Luminaires: CoeLux XT by CoeLux.

Free admission to darc night was available to independent lighting designers that voted as well as to interior designers and architects turning the traditional awards ceremony protocol on its head. Over 600 people were in attendance to witness a superb night.

The awards evening was a complete change to the norm with free street food and drinks all night, light installations by lighting designers who teamed up with the sponsoring manufacturer partners, and a completely different format for presenting the evening.

There were over 300 entries for the darc awards, an amazing response and proof that designers are looking for something new and refreshing. As if to prove the international calibre of the competition, six of the nine project categories were won by overseas projects.

Projects were shortlisted by an international panel of professional architectural lighting designers and light artists before being voted on by the lighting design profession in the first ever peer-to-peer lighting design awards.

Product categories went straight to the public vote so that lighting designers could genuinely vote for their favourite products from the last three years.

Manufacturer partners were John Cullen Lighting (who teamed up with Speirs + Major); EcoSense (Nulty+); Formalighting (Elektra); LED Linear (dpa); Filix (LDI); Lumenpulse (Michael Grubb Studio); Delta Light (Arup); Reggiani (Lichtvision); Anolis (ACTLD); L&L Luce&Light (MBLD); Tryka (artec3 Studio); and Concord (Hoare Lea).

Each manufacturer / designer team was responsible for creating a lighting installation that was on display during darc night.