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Special Exhibitions Gallery Entrance and Reception, Science & Industry Museum

Prize(s) Winners in Heritage Lighting / Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
Company PJC Light Studio
Lead Designers Phil Caton and Alan Lam
Architecture Company Carmody Groarke
Client Science & Industry Museum, Manchester
Photo Credits Gilbert McCarragher
Completion Date March 2021
Project Location Manchester, England
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Entry Description

The Science and Industry Museum is housed in some of the world’s most important surviving buildings from the Industrial Revolution. The Architect and Lighting Designer were tasked with creating a stunning entrance and reception in the lower levels of the Museum to draw visitors into a new gallery beyond and bring the different spaces of the scheme to life. Emphasis was to be placed on the historic architecture. The lighting design emphasises the vaulted under-croft of the railway viaducts which for too long have been dark and unattractive spaces for visitors. The clever use of softly backlit panelled walls transforms the visitors welcome, alleviating the oppressive atmosphere of the heavy Victorian structure overhead. Linear uplight concealed within the suspended track brings subtle emphasis to the vaulted ceilings reinforcing the geometry of each space. Discreet track lights are used to provide accent lighting to the reception furniture and key surfaces thereby introducing another layer of interest and helping to create a stunning introduction to this historic building.

The lighting design employs the latest LED technology to achieve excellent efficacy and quality of light.
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