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Listed Buildings


The lighting scheme for the Royal Society of Arts brings the building to life, combining modern technology with classic architecture.


provide the opportunity for the room to be ‘branded’ through colours. Precision Lighting LED spots were also chosen for their minimal aesthetics and excellent performance. Respecting the room, these were located in discreet areas using special brackets that hang from the cornices and within slots in the existing ceiling ‘lantern’ feature. Completing the scheme is RGB accent lighting, which has been introduced at low level to wash indirectly from bespoke speaker units located in eight areas of the room. Other areas in the building were lit with similar attention to detail, with the reception area receiving a lighting makeover through the use of LED strips that were positioned to uplight the space without any fittings being visible. This created a natural looking, bright space that also accentuated the beautiful plaster mouldings that are a feature of the space. The reception staircase and special Benjamin Franklin room were provided with bespoke chandeliers that were chosen through a competition run by the RSA. The pendants that were selected were designed and produced by Troika to create an absolutely stunning effect whilst meeting requirements set out by Mindseye to allow them to provide a functional light level in the space.


It was decided that the ground floor lounges in the building be kept quite informal. Therefore, warm bespoke ceramic wall lights by Boatswain Lighting were specified by the architect to create a comfortable ambience. Minimal Precision Lighting spotlights completed the space by illuminating artwork. Control of the lighting in the space needed to be accessible and easy to use. As such, mode lighting was used


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throughout, with the ability to transfer to a full AV Crestron system and desk for the Great Room as needed for specific events. By creating a discreet lighting system, the building is illuminated in such a way as to draw attention to original features rather than to fixtures being used. This finished project for the RSA is a perfect example of how modern technology can be used to beautify the attractiveness of historic buildings.


Contact


Mindseye Lighting Design T: +44 (0) 20 7923 0508 www.mindseye3d.com


Lumenpulse T: +44 (0) 2031 765370 www.lumenpulse.com


KKDC T: +44 (0) 20 3142 6678 www.kkdc.co.uk


Precision Lighting T: +44 (0) 20 8947 6616 www.precisionlighting.co.uk


Troika T: +44 (0) 20 7729 3255 www.troika.uk.com


Boatswain Lighting T: +44 (0) 1462 813600 www.boatswainlighting.co.uk


Crestron T: +44 (0) 845 873 8787 www.crestron.co.uk


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