Speirs + Major unveil plans for London Design Festival

(UK) – The lighting designers have designed the lighting for a special pavilion created for this year’s London Design Festival.

Speirs + Major has unveiled its lighting design for Framework for Exchange, a collaboration between Universal Design Studio and The Office Group (TOG) created for London Design Festival 2018.

The project is a temporary pavilion in Shoreditch designed to encourage interaction, openness, collaboration and community.

Standing at 7.4-metres high, the structure is intended for use throughout the day and evening. The pavilion features open sides and a polycarbonate roof. As daylight fades, the lighting approach transforms the façade into a dynamic lantern, attracting attention from people passing in the street.

Cool blue light floods the interior volume, saturating the grid wall, floor and staircase, creating a translucent screen that is enlivened by shadows from the interaction within. Contrasting warmer light cuts through this cool backdrop, providing visual focus, while accentuating the architectural elements that facilitate the process of exchange and encourage social interaction.

Part of the core design philosophy is that the pavilion should have the potential for social impact through the creative ideas generated and shared in the space, yet leave no physical trace post-residence. In respect of this, the lighting design is executed entirely with rented equipment.

Mark Major, Principal of Speirs + Major, commented: “We were thrilled to be invited to work on this project with UDS, which has allowed us to explore how skilfully integrated light could reinforce the narrative of ‘exchange and collaboration’ while delivering a clear and visually enticing identity for the pavilion after dark.

“It was a real treat to work with this cutting edge design team on such an innovative project, and to be able to see our ideas come to fruition in a comparatively short time frame has been immensely rewarding.”

The pavilion will host a programme of activities and workshop events running concurrently throughout the week. More information on the events can be found at www.londondesignfestival.com/event/framework-exchange-0.