Team: AL_A, Asik Kapadia, Simon Stephens, Arup, GROSS. MAX., Mark Filip, Soundings and DP9.
In a broad sense the lighting tells the story about the Thames as a time piece, reconnecting the Thames to people in a meaningful way and becoming a visual mnemonic for people’s intuitive understanding of the river's tidal behaviour and the mysterious effects of moonrise and moonset. The use of a simple dynamic lighting system allows for the lifting and the shifting of light to elegantly illuminate bridges together with the banks as a continuous and luminous thread.
In this performance, each individually controlled luminaire has a purpose. Whether they are fitted with optical controls to illuminate the foreshores or fitted with shields to cut off light towards the water, or tuned to a specific colour, each has a role in the choreography and composition of light with great sensitivity to flight paths of migrating birds, bats (even airplanes) and the river habitat. This precision eliminates wastefulness.
The duration between sunset and twilight is when attention to the sky shifts below the horizon to the river. Illumination slowly wanders up the river as if chasing the sun yet stays for the night.
At high tide, the shallow elevations of the river walls and bridge fronts are illuminated with warm white light thereby creating a continuous band down the river.
During the shift to low tide, attention is brought to the arched spaces between the water and undercarriages, as a cool white light moves with increasing illumination from land towards the middle, filling the void of the tide rolling out towards the sea.
As the receding water exposes the foreshores, a series of luminaires along the river walls help to create new night time public space, drawing more people to the river edge reclaiming its beaches.
When the tide rolls in, the light is pushed upward to the faces of the bridges, joining the band of light along the banks. Using a painterly approach, shadows of the bridges are simultaneously rendered in a subtle blue light. This heightened contrast emphasises and renders the bridges' structures and ornaments.
Instrumental to both of these modes is the reflective surface of the water, which doubles the lighting effect and completes each scenario.
The Illuminated River will be a beacon for sustainability to think "local" and "renewable". This involves the complete use of energy efficient LED luminaire, retrofitting all existing bridge lighting with LED sources and using a control system to achieve not only the choreography of lighting but also maximise energy savings across the scheme.
It also involves engagement with public policy lighting and energy efficiency and encourage London skyline and buildings surrounding the river to to be in more alignment with the International Dark Sky Lighting Ordinances for urban lighting.
We are teaming up with the innovative start-up company Open Utility which offers a viable solution for renewable energy. Through its peer to peer energy matching platform, Piclo, this interface will not only be an educational tool on renewable energy but also raise awareness of power demand and reduction. This partnership will also ensure that all energy for the Illuminated River scheme is produced within a 25 mile radius of the Thames.
As our commitment to sustaining local habitat, our suggestions for safeguarding the Thames’s ecology are not built on short-term vision, but considered in a broader perspective of time.
These are the bold stories - poetic, ephemeral, technological and meaningful, we wish to unfold through intricate and well considered lighting as a symbol of London's unifying diversity and a beacon for progressive sustainability.
2016- Illuminated River Competition - Shortlisted
Awarded Honorable Mention
Team:Zaha Hadid Architects, Buro Happold, Davis Langdon
Zaha Hadid, Denton Corker Marshall and Wilkinson Eyre were invited to enter a limited international design competition for a pedestrian bridge in China. The bridge is part of the larger Golden Silver Lake Development located in Hangzhou, China. SEAM joined the ZHA team for feature lighting design along with other team members Buro Happold and Davis Langdon. The lighting scheme consisted of fully integrated iconic bridge lighting, using warm and cool colour temperatures to enhance the materials and warm tone finishes along the bridge deck and reflectvitiy of the water without the use of overhead poles or lighting standards. An interactive lighting system was also developed to interact with pedestrian movement and to allow with other input elements such as wind, water and time, to achieve featured outputs of light movement and light sequencing over the course of the night.
Team: ACME, AKTII
Site specific architectural lighting design was developed to create an iconic landmark along the waterfront, that would help to generate a destination shopping & leisure environment while addressing the various bridge uses and occupancy from early evening to late night. As part of the Lusail development in Qatar, the two pedestrian souq bridges were proposed to interconnect the Corniche Souq at the waterfront of the Qetaifan Islands. The bridge design, developed by ACME consisted of concrete arch structure working in conjunction with a system of intersecting concrete walls. These archways create several meandering pedestrian paths across the bridge and define a new, modern souq shopping experience by knitting together pedestrian views and movement back into the waterfront context.
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