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When DHA win a notable award

DHA Designs wins at Lighting Design Awards

We were delighted that our scheme for NEX Architects-designed Royal Wharf Pier in London has won the Best Public Realm Lighting Project award at the 2020 Lighting Design Awards.

We managed to beat some remarkable projects in the UK and worldwide to win this, so this was a great accolade for the scheme designed by Des O’Donovan. We had already been shortlisted in the Darc Awards for this project earlier in the year.

The scheme had to respond to the location, the use of materials, other river users & of course users of the pier to create a single, dramatic scheme that pulled all of these elements & requirements together into a fully-integrated whole.

Thank you to our suppliers (LEDLinear, iGuzzini) & collaborators who helped make this happen, and to NEX for their beautiful architectural response to the river.

We have a great track record with working with the NEX team: our previous collaboration was the remarkable Vardo Restaurant in Duke of York’s Square, London: here our lighting was shortlisted in the 2020 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Vardo shortlisted for 2020 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

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!

DHA Design Hintze Hall project shortlisted at 2018 Lighting Design Awards

May 3rd, this Thursday, sees the presentation of the 2018 Lighting Design Awards, by Lighting Magazine, at London’s Park Lane Hotel.

Sixteen awards will be presented, in categories that range from best lighting art installation to best lighting manufacturer. Over three hundred entries were submitted, reduced to a shortlist of 65 entries across the categories.

DHA Designs are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Heritage category for the Hintze Hall project, designed as part of Casson Mann’s revised exhibition scheme for this ‘cathedral of nature, which has already won a prized D&AD pencil in their Spatial Design category & has also been shortlisted at the 2018 Museum & Heritage Awards for their best new permanent exhibition award.

Only three entries were shortlisted for the Heritage category, and the other schemes by Ingenieure Bamberger & ÅF Lighting are very strong, so competition for this category will be great indeed. We look forward to the evening, and seeing which of the three entries was judged the winner.


Eneko at One Aldwych wins at the Restaurant & Bar Awards

Casson Mann‘s design for Eneko at One Aldwych  has won the award for Best restaurant in a hotel at the 2017 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. The awards, hotly contested over thirty categories from best restaurant to best Middle Eastern & Aftrican bar, are judged by a team of industry-recognised figures and were presented at King’s Cross Events Space on 6 October.

Casson Mann’s scheme was judged to be the winning scheme from a shortlist of seven entries that included the designs of the new Devonshire Club in London, Rofuta in Birmingham & Refuge in Manchester.

The design of the restaurant necessitated a complete re-think of a difficult space: below ground  in a corner of a large London hotel, with no access to natural light. The scheme created a grand staircase entrance to a mezzanine bar that floated over the restaurant below, giving a sense of spaciousness and airyness to a space that had had little of either before. Casson Mann’s palette of textures and materials reflected the heritage of chef Eneko Atxa’s Basque heritage, using local woods for the tables and ceramics typical of the area for wall claddings.

DHA were engaged to provide the lighting scheme, including elements of concealed lighting so that diners are given the impression of being surrounded by natural light, despite being metres underground. Shane Holland Design was brought on board to create handmade suspended light fixtures over each booth table to a particular design by Casson Mann’s creative director, Roger Mann.

WW1 galleries win at Museums & Heritage Awards 2015

mandh_awardslogoCasson Mann‘s exhibition design for the new WW1 galleries at the Imperial War Museum has won the best permanent exhibition category at the 2015 Museum & Heritage Awards. Judged by a panel of distinguished museum professionals, this award is keenly contested between some fantastic projects every year, so DHA was delighted when Casson Mann collected the award for their thoughtful and effective design, which has welcomed 1.4M visitors since it opened last year.


In a remarkable run, this is the fourth year in a row where the top prize in this category has been won by a design where DHA provided the lighting scheme:

2015 – WW1 galleries, for Casson Mann.

2014 – Mary Rose Museum for Land, Pringle Brandon & WEA.

2013 – National Museum of Scotland for RAA & Gareth Hopkins Architects

(Also highly commended for Treasures Gallery at the Natural History Museum)

2012 – William Morris Galleries for GUM

Before this, we have had shortlisted projects in this category in 2009, 2010 & 2011.