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Nike Town gets a redesign


Nike Town London on Oxford Street was unveiled as the world’s largest Nike store in November, following a major redesign by HMKM, with lighting design by BDP. The store now covers approximately 42,000 sq ft over four floors. Integral to the impact of the design are the spectacular chandeliers designed by Nike and developed and managed by BDP, which act as visual merchandising pieces, incorporating Nike clothing into the structure. Three ‘shoe chandeliers’ have been created, with a total of approx 500 shoes attached, which are then individually lit by custom built LEDs. Another of the feature chandeliers includes a larger T-shirt chandelier covering an area of approximately 44sq m, with 144 individually addressable linear fluorescent lamps allowing Nike to change the scene of light dependant upon the initiative taking place. The central feature suspended from the third floor over the escalators is a 3m-diameter feature chandelier to draw people up to the new floor for womenswear. The chandelier consists of 104 shoes, 320 tennis balls, 66 skipping ropes and six basketball hoops that are arranged in two halves so that each side can be lowered independently over each escalator. The raise and lowering system allows for the merchandise to be changed should it need to in the future in response to the change in fashion. Companies involved in the lighting were: ACDC, Flos, Umdasch shopfitters, Replica, Stretch Ceilings UK, Light Years, AC Special Projects, and LTS.


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Bruce Munro has completed his stunning installation of Light Showers at Salisbury Cathedral. The piece is made of 2,000 shimmering points of light. ‘Within minutes of walking into the magnificent Nave of the cathedral I knew what I wanted to create. I firmly believe that a building gives all the clues to what will work best. I hope that what I create will capture the spiritual essence that pervades the space,’ says Munro. 2,000 teardrop diffusers, each set at the end of a fiber optic thread, cascade down from the Spire Crossing. The volume of the piece is 10m x 10m x 7m – ‘it’s as big as a house,’ says Munro. The cathedral, completed in 1258, measures 134.7m long and 123m high at the highest point, so within that huge space, Light Shower hovers like a cloud of luminescence. Munro chose the area where the Transepts intersect with the Nave for several reasons: there are excellent structural opportunities to suspend an invisible wire; this central space is midway between congregation and clergy and can act as a unifying link to other breathtaking features of the building. He hopes that the cascading shower light will act as a conduit and encourage both visitors and worshipers to see this wonderful building in a ‘new light’ and really appreciate the building’s vast spaces. ‘In a sense I feel I am paying homage to all those wonderful artisans who worked on the Cathedral. Simply said it's a great privilege to create something for this great space.’


Simply breathtaking


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