DHA have recently completed work on the British Museum’s latest exhibition – Tantra: enlightenment to revolution.
The show explores ‘the radical force that transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond’.
It is open from 24th September 2020 – 24th January 2021.
We’re delighted that our project for Nex Architecture: the striking Vardo restaurant in Chelsea, has been shortlisted in the best lighting category at the 2020 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. The restaurant is notable for its dynamic, curved glass walls that are fully retractable in good weather: on fine days, the restaurant becomes fully integrated with the surrounding landscape, while at night, the glass becomes a surface for an interplay of reflection and tantalising views of the glowing interior.
We featured in the Awards in 2017, when our work on Eneko for Casson Mann was rewarded in the Best restaurant in a hotel category.
Good luck to al the shortlisted projects, and we look forward to the announcement of the winners early in October – virtually this year, but exciting all the same!
Like many businesses, DHA are reacting as rapidly as possible to the new work landscape. Keeping our staff, clients & the wider community healthy are all very important to us, so we are carefully following the government advice as to health & working practices.
Unless absolutely necessary, staff are being advised to work from home & we have ensured that everyone has access to the company servers, mail & phones so that we can continue our service to clients while remaining safely at home.
Please bear with us if calls to the office take a while to get through – our smart phone system will be forwarding all calls & you will get a reply. Email & other file transfer methods are unaffected.
Site visits will continue on a case-by-case basis, but we will be supporting our clients as normal.
Thank you, keep healthy & wash hands!
Our exterior lighting scheme for the new Geology Centre in the Al Madam desert
was recently opened by the Sultan of Sharjah. We were engaged by the site’s architects, Hopkins Architects, to provide a dramatic lighting solution to the key geological features of the Jebel, so that it could be enjoyed at night by visitors to the centre.
Mindful of the nature of the project, we used as little power as possible to achieve the lighting scheme: 24 150W LED floodlights consume around 3.6KW, only 12% of the power recommended to light one single football pitch, but is used to light an area many times greater. By mounting the fixtures on the roof of the viewing gallery, visitors are unaware of the source of the light & by setting the fixtures to switch on at sunset, the change from day to night is seamless and visitors are unaware of the lighting until the daylight has gone and the Jebel is illuminated against the perfect darkness of the night sky.
By choosing to light the Jebel from a frontal approach, it also means that we have minimised spill beyond the outcrop, and are limiting wasteful sky glow. The scheme is part of an entire visitor experience, which shows the importance of the geology of the region and the story of some of the first people to live in the desert in the Neolithic period.