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Greyfriars Charteris Centre

Prize(s) Winners in Community Building Lighting
Company Francis Milloy Lighting Design
Lead Designers Francis Milloy
Architecture Company Konishi Gaffney Architects
Interior Design Company None
Client Greyfriars Charteris Centre
Photo Credits © Nanne Springer
Completion Date June 2022
Project Location Edinburgh, UK
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Entry Description

The refurb and extension of this former church and adjacent building provides an events space, flexible workspace and a non-denominational sanctuary for the local community.

The lighting strengthens the design aspiration of increased permeability by emphasizing the interconnectedness and spaciousness of the architecture, while facilitating its many uses and configurations.

Great care was taken to consider the balance of natural and artificial light. CCT and brightness levels are tied to ambient conditions as well as function and materiality, providing illumination which resonates & enlivens each space yet is still appropriate to task.

For example, in the absence of artificial lighting by day the church ceiling is somewhat dull and unwelcoming, the use of uplighting systems provides an appropriate warmth and spaciousness at all times.

Low glare/optically appropriate light fixtures are selected to enhance the overall architectural composition and setting out is tightly coordinated with the architecture, considering important sight lines and spatial perceptions.

Conveniently located control keypads provide scene setting optionality and simple building/energy management.
Company Description

Is a New York City based design studio specializing in the creative and precise use of light & darkness within the built environment.

The studio operates within the fields of architecture, urbanism, art & product design and has extensive experience working in cultural, academic, commercial, corporate and residential sectors, both internationally and throughout the US.

Principal Francis Milloy practices as an architect, lighting designer, urbanist and artist. He has over twenty years experience in the lighting profession.