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Borough Yards

Prize(s) Winners in Exterior Architectural Illumination
Company Equation Lighting
Lead Designers Maida Hot
Other Designer's names Beatrice Bertolini
Architecture Company SPPARC Architecture
Client Sherwood Thames
Photo Credits Simon Callagan Photography, Ed Reeve Photography, Philip Avery Photography
Completion Date November 2021
Project Location London
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Entry Description

Borough Yards is one of London’s newest mixed-use developments. Located in the London Borough of Southwark, it has been conceived as an “artisan retail hub” based around a series of restored and reconceived Victorian railway arches. The scope included lighting for all public realm areas, exterior building accent lighting and all interior lighting to the repurposed arcades. The lighting design has been developed to celebrate the London Victorian architectural heritage, whilst providing a vibrant and welcoming lighting atmosphere at night. Working in the context of the historic neighbourhood was one of the most important aspects of the design. The traditional building-mounted lantern type has been used - with a modern twist - to illuminate the exterior lanes, whilst contemporary catenary lanterns have been proposed over the main public open space. The sequence of arched gateways has been highlighted, externally and internally, with ground recessed uplights to create a dramatic rhythm, enhancing the texture and materiality of the architecture. The lighting to the interior arcades has been developed to be concealed and minimally integrated within the architecture. With this aim, we designed a series of spandrel integrated spotlights that, by uplighting, reveal the beauty of the existing brickwork, and provide circulation and accent lighting to the retail arcades.