Michelin-starred Eneko Atxa’s stylish Basque restaurant and wine bar opened in the heart of London in September.
DHA Designs worked alongside Casson Mann who introduced a sleek copper staircase from street-level to mezzanine and revealed and restored the original steel columns to give a greater sense of space to the below-ground dining room.
DHA Design’s scheme features concealed LED sources to give the impression of natural light falling into the space, making the restaurant light and airy by day, then switching to a cosier ambience from warm colour temperatures after dark.
The space is relaxed yet theatrical with each curved booth spotlit like a stage, with a backdrop of sculptural flowers.
© Nick Rochowski
The new Garden Museum interior, from the Evening Standard
London’s Evening Standard newspaper had a preview of the refurbished Garden Museum just before opening; the newspaper declares it a glorious makeover. DHA worked with the museum staff, Dow Jones Architects & exhibition specialists, GUM, to bring new life to the church & striking new copper-clad pavilions in the church grounds. The interior of the church now houses a refreshed exhibition, shop and a versatile space for evening events, seminars & talks. Now Jonathan Howard’s lighting refurbishment combines the new exhibition lighting with concealed architectural fixtures that can change the interior of the space for different uses in the evening. Furthermore, the revised design replaces many energy-hungry tungsten lamps, that despite creating a rich ambience in the space, were using large quantities of energy & were difficult to maintain.
Our work at BXR London has recently been photographed by the New York based photographer, Gilles Bonugli Kali.
Many thanks to our client for sharing these incredible photographs.
After lighting Ming: 50 Years that Changed China in the new 70m long Special Exhibitions Gallery, DHA Designs were delighted to be asked by the BM to light this autumn’s blockbuster exhibition. Designed by Real Studios, with graphics by the BM, DHA worked closely with the team and curators to light the hundreds of objects on display. These varied from tiny jewellery and coins to huge crosses and sculptures.
The exhibition received 5-stars from Jonathan Jones in The Guardian and tickets can be booked from the British Museum via their website here
DHA were very happy to receive the Highly Commended certificate for the lighting scheme for Navy, Nelson & Nation at this year’s Lighting Design Awards. The shortlist of the Public Building category ran to nine projects, so the judges had a very difficult time determining the final winner (T2 at London Heathrow by Hoare Lea & studioFRACTAL).
The Public Building category is one where DHA have received considerable success at the Awards, and our tally now stands at:
2015 – Highly Commended: Navy, Nelson & Nation Gallery, National Maritime Museum
2014 – Winner: Mary Rose Museum
2012 – Winner: Atmosphere Gallery, Science Museum
2011 – Highly Commended: Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, V&A Museum
2009 – Highly Commended: Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, V&A Museum
2007 – Winner: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
2003 – Winner: Imperial War Museum of the North