The purpose of the project was to create interest and make the building, which is owned by British Land, more visible while complying with the City of Westminster’s stringent planning rules. It was decided that the lighting would play a key role in achieving this because of its ability to create a visual presence without needing a physical presence.
The award-winning lighting design (Lux Awards 2014) was carried out by Light + Design Associates, working with Philips Value Added Partner Architainment and consulting engineers TUV Wallace Whittle.
The façade system comprises an over-cladding system made up of thousands of suspended aluminium panels that move with changing wind patterns, providing a dynamic visual appearance without the need for any additional power.
At night these are illuminated from below with amber light from Philips Color Kinetics eColor Graze QLX Powercore linear LED light fittings.