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DETAILS [spotlight] The latest projects with a difference from around the world.


SO HERE IT IS... Merry Christmas! A giant Christmas bauble shimmering in a sea of stars has illuminated an iconic central London building, marking just five weeks until Christmas. The Edwardian façade of the renowned Imagination Building, 25 Store Street South Crescent (just off Tottenham Court Road), has been dressed for the silly season for the 22nd year running, providing a spectacle worth a detour for the local community. This year’s lighting display, created by the global communication agency’s in-house lighting designers, uses 150 metres of neon lights to illuminate the 12m wide red and blue Christmas bauble.


The introduction of LED lighting for the rest of the display means the Christmas façade uses just one quarter the energy consump- tion of previous year’s displays – using the same amount of power as one microwave oven. Imagination has created a spectacular Christmas lights display on the front of their building every year since 1989. The lights will be on every day, from 6am to midnight, until December 29. www.imagination.com


NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Rembrandt’s Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has been relit by Philips LED lighting. As founder of the museum, Philips has, since 2001, been involved in the biggest restoration and renovation project in the 126-year history of the Rijksmuseum. During the renovation, the highlights of the Golden Age have been on display in the wing, attracting an average of 950,000 visitors a year since it opened in 2003. Starting in 2014, major exhibitions will be held in the wing, which will be perma- nently named the Philips Wing. www.philips.com


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