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Hepworth Gallery lighting designer to speak at LoveLight

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The mastermind behind Arup’s lighting scheme for Wakefield’s Hepworth Gallery, Florence Lam, will discuss her collaboration David Chipperfield on the project at this year’s LoveLight event

Taking place at the Shoreditch Classic Car Club on 6 October, the free LoveLight event brings together leading speakers adn the latest installations and equipment from the world of architectural lighting design.

Lam, who works for Arup and led the lighting design on the David Chipperfield Architects’ Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, will explain how she worked with the RIBA Gold Medal-winner to present Barbara Hepworth’s dramatic sculptures in the best possible way.  

‘One of the aims of the project was to bring the outdoors in,’ she said.

‘The objective of the day-lighting design is to provide the best lighting environment to ensure that the gallery’s 44 Hepworth sculptures and other exhibits are beautifully lit.’

Arup worked with the museum’s curators to develop a mapping tool to make sure that the exhibits were naturally lit while also protected from high levels of ‘illuminance’ which can be damaging to the art and result in visual discomfort for visitors.

The external glazing is made of laminated glass with a diffusing interlayer, which also doubles as a UV filter within the skylight and filters the direct sunlight.

A motorised louvre system is installed to dim out the higher light levels between March and November, while maintaining the experience of external lighting variation throughout the day.

Lam added: ‘The sloped ceiling posed a challenge in designing the recessed track layout. We used Zumtobel Arcos wall-washers with special sculptural lenses to overcome this.’

LoveLight is co-hosted by Lighting Magazine editor Ben Cronin and Paul Finch, deputy chair of the Design Council and chair of Design Council CABE.

Speakers will include London 2012 design principal Kevin Owens; Tesco design and formats director Simon Threadkell; lighting installation artist Eva Menz; and Samuel Wilkinson and Nicolas Roope, the award-winning design team behind the iconic Plumen Lamp.


To register to attend the event visit the LoveLight website



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