Last Thursday saw the third annual LoveLight event bringing together architects and lighting designers to share their creative ideas
Highlights included a keynote speech from architect Edward Cullinan and a series of talk’s outlining the lighting strategy of London’s forthcoming Olympic Games; including one by Chris Bannister of Hopkins Architects on the Stirling prize shortlisted Olympic Velodrome.
Ben Cronin, editor of Lighting and event organiser, said after the event:
“A highlight for me was getting such a coherent idea of the lighting strategy for the London Olympics. This was the first time that all of the lighting designers involved in the 2012 Games had shared a stage together.”
Paul Finch chair of design council CABE, commented that:
“It is always good to see lighting design being discussed in terms of strategy planning, landscape, and long-term thinking […] Designers themselves gave ample evidence of the work that has gone into the many aspects of a major world city. This promises to make the exercise a fascinating one for those interested in how a large new area in a world city can be given identity and contrast in a coherent way through lighting design.”
The focus of the lighting strategy, as with every other aspect of the Olympics, has been on legacy and sustainability, incorporating both permanent and temporary strategies. LOCOG and lighting consultants Speirs and Major have ensured every design put forward is based on functionality and ‘not just because it’s beautiful’ said Kevin Owens, design principal of LOCOG. Mark Major finished with the comment that ‘if Beijing was spectacular then London will be beautiful’.