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Architainment Lighting and Jason Bruges Studio


Jason Bruge Studio & Architainment Lighting Sunderland Rail Station


Sunderland rail station has undergone a revamp, including a new light installation designed by Jason Bruges Studio and supplied by Architainment Lighting. The £7 million renovation has seen new waiting areas, lighting, ceilings, floors and wall panelling installed. In creating the light wall installation on platform five, Jason Bruges called on Architainment for a custom solution. Architainment supplied 717 Philips Color Kinetics eW Flex SLX fittings with 15 node strings. This warm white string LED solution is a versatile strand of 15 individually controllable white light LED nodes. The durable, flexible form allows for dynamic points of white light to be installed across nearly any interior or exterior surface, including walls, ceilings, floors, three-dimensional sculptures, and set pieces.


The lighting installation is the centrepiece of the new station and features shadow figures walking back and forth along the platform, mimicking the passengers waiting on the platform. Installation of the Color Kinetics fixtures, carried out by LX Engineering, and assisted by


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Architainment’s Technical Services, proved challenging as the station had to comply with LSOH cabling, and the ever- changing temperature of the station made this difficult.


Jon Hodges, who was the project manager and lead designer, explains the brief for the project: ‘The brief was to provide a light artwork which would animate a 144m-long wall, constructed from glass blocks which concealed a redundant platform. The theme for the installation was ‘Station of Light’. Within Sunderland ‘Light’ has additional strong symbolic value as reflected in the title given to the Sunderland’s football ground, ‘Stadium of Light’, referring to the experience of miners as they surfaced from working underground. The glass bricks were also symbolic of Sunderland’s heritage as a centre of glass making.’ The inspiration for the design came from the realisation that the activity of the station revolved around the movement of the trains. ‘For the most part, people come to the station to catch a train, or perhaps to meet other people arriving on the train. During our study of people in Sunderland


station, we noticed that most people tend to behave in certain ways and we started thinking about how we could mimic this typical station behaviour. Using light behind the glass blocks almost decided itself; they’re really great fun to shine light through,’ explains Hodges. ‘The scale of Platform 5 really allowed us to influence the whole station environment. We deliberately chose a warm white colour for the lighting which contrasted with the cool white fluorescents in the architectural scheme, hopefully this will provide some comfort in the winter months! We’ve had an extremely enthusiastic response from people using the station, which is really pleasing after all the hard work.’


Contact Contact


Architainment Lighting 01494 471 340 www.architainment.co.uk Jason Bruges 020 7012 1122 www.jasonbruges.com


Architects: HKR Architects 0161 830 1850 www.hkrarchitects.com


Lighting: Deltalight 0870 757 7087 www.deltalight.co.uk


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