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Wellness center in Hotel Laguna (Novigrad)


‘Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light?, said the Swiss architect, designer and urbanist Le Corbusier once long ago. He probably couldn't have imagined that this very quote of his would, in modern times, often be mentioned when talking of modern architecture and lighting. Upon thinking of some modern buildings – for example, the


Spa&Resort in Novi Vinodolski, or the hotels Monte Mulini in Rovinj and Kempinski Adriatic in Umag, the first thing that comes to mind are their impressive exteriors and interiors. However, if we take a closer look at what makes them so distinguished, that is, why these spaces are "carved" into our consciousness as "attractive", it is this very "detail" – lighting. The authors of these successful projects are Skira Ltd. and Lumenart Ltd. from Pula – the leading Croatian firms for lighting design, the engineering and distribution of light fixtures and light control systems in architecture. Both companies are headed by Dean Skira, a lighting expert of ample


international experience . Twenty-four years ago, he set out to the USA - which were, and still are, the world leader in architectural lighting design - and simultaneously studied interior design and lighting design in New York. ‘In addition to my studies I also worked in my profession, thus learning and working in the country this very profession originated from was a priceless experience for me. Most of what I learned there is only arriving to our area now’ - Skira explains. ‘The tendency in energy efficient lighting is to control and manage the


artificial and natural light in a working space. An advanced system regulates the drawing of the blinds and turns the lighting on or off according to the building's position in relation to the Sun, and according to the season. This ensures the maximum usage of both natural and artificial light and a high level of energy efficiency is realised – which becomes most obvious when the electric bill comes in’, Skira elaborates.


Dedicated To Design


The Architecture Association School, the world’s most renowned and influential school of architecture, has been awarded its largest ever single gift in the form of a living legacy, generously given by the family of Norah Garlick, in the name of Norah’s parents, Horace and Ellen Hannah Wakeford. The gift will go towards the development of Hooke Park, the AA’s Dorset-based campus and working woodland, which it has owned since 2003. The Bequest will enable the AA School to begin work on its vision of turning Hooke Park into the UK’s first campus dedicated to returning contemporary architecture to a hand-on, experimental approach of alternative and ecologically-sustainable design and building. At the centre of the estate is the UK’s only realised building by the


RIBA Gold Medalist Frei Otto, a large-scale workshop used in recent years for the fabrication and assembly of the AA’s well-known summer pavilion projects. Also already on site are prototype buildings by Ahrends, Burton Koralek and another RIBA Gold Medalist and AA Graduate, Edward Cullinan. The Horace and Ellen Hannah Wakeford Bequest coincides with the launch of a new phase of educational activity and building that will realise a new campus of a dozen or more small-scale, alternative wood construction prototype buildings, to be designed and built by AA staff and students. In Autumn 2010 students, staff and consultants of the AA’s new Design & Make graduate course will combine the global experience and talent of the world’s most international architectural school with that of local craftspeople, whose wood-working, building, boat-making and other skills, to create a unique new setting for architectural education. The AA’s strategic plan for the development has been undertaken during the past two years in consultation with West Dorset Council, local community and a team of outside professionals, whose work have been guided by the AA’s Hooke Advisory Group. In Spring 2010 West Dorset Council granted the AA outline planning consent for proceeding with the project, while the school completed the curriculum design and received a first group of applications by students from throughout the UK and overseas for the new academic programme, which will grant a Masters of Architecture degree.


Early educational and building costs associated with the project will be


met by the generous gift given by the family of Norah Garlick, the largest- ever single gift given to the AA in its 162-year history.


DLG Architects Makes Positive Moves


DLG Architects, which has offices in Leeds and London, is celebrating 38 years in practice this month with a northern office relocation and a change of operation to become an LLP. The award winning firm, which is probably most


recognised for its mixed-use developments including the Atrium in Camberley and the redevelopment of The Light in Leeds, has changed its operating status in line with other leading professional businesses to allow for more flexible and modern working methods. At the same time it has transferred its Leeds office team to new state of the art premises in Brewery Wharf, a location that reflects DLG’s status as a forward thinking, people focused business.


Julian Monaghan, Senior partner at DLG


Architects comments: “We are pleased to announce this positive status change and relocation which will facilitate future growth and succession planning within the business. Obviously, like most businesses in property, we have been experiencing challenging times, but we have embraced this in a positive way. The industry is evolving and we are pleased to see less maverick and more strategically planned schemes on the table. We have always supported a partnership approach and our own evolution will see us well placed to maximise business opportunities in the future. “We continue to secure business across our core


sectors strengths that include retail, offices, leisure, public sector, urban design and food manufacturing but we are also seeing great opportunities across more niche sectors including charitable/community work and transport.” The practice continues to be led nationally by four


Partners with support from a team of 8 Directors / Associate Directors.


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