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Prize(s) Winners in Exterior Architectural Illumination
Lead Designers Kevin J Grant, Sarah Cockbain, Rob Myers
Architecture Company RMJM / Tony Kettle
Client Scottish Canals
Other Credits Adlib (Installation + commissioning)
Completion Date March 2021
Project Location Scotland UK
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Entry Description

The unique and iconic Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift.
Our lighting design celebrates the structure, enhancing its presence within the landscape, extending the visitor experience beyond daylight hours, and supporting national light-up events. We took inspiration from the Engineering and Architecture, with colours, textures and content influenced by the palette which surrounds the canal. Each light, projector (and structural element) is controllable in isolation, creating a dynamic canvas for different colour combinations, effects or sequences. With digital lighting and controls we can vary the colour, intensity or direction of light -introducing shapes, patterns or textures, tailored to the architectural forms. We use a combination of static, dynamic and rotating overlays, controlled by an intuitive user interface. The Tunnel provides an immersive experience with dynamic and responsive lighting. The standard lighting mode is deliberately low and is activates a ripple of colour when a person approaches (by boat, foot or cycle).The result is a very flexible, dynamic and autonomous installation, which can also be tailored to suit specific events or occasions.
Company Description

Professional Lighting Consultancy - We provide tailored lighting design solutions, from bespoke lit components to city scale master plans.

Our designers are experienced with all aspects of lighting design. We can provide a complete lighting design service, from concept development to completion, in which creative thinking is balanced with a solid understanding of technical principles and analysis. Our approach is tailored to the specific needs of our clients.