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.
DHA Designs have just completed work on the National Portrait Gallery’s latest exhibition, the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, featuring some of the most famous women in art. But unusually, this time the exhibition tells the story of the women who featured in the works – the muses, models, partners, artists & relations who inspired, sat for & even worked among this most famous group of artists.
The exhibition has received 4-star reviews in the Telegraph, Time Out & Evening Standard, who called it ‘riveting’ & ‘addictive’.
It is open from now until the end of January 2020.
More information, and tickets, can be found on the gallery’s website here.
DHA have just completed the lighting for ‘Being Human’, the new permanent gallery at the Wellcome Collection in London.
Design – Assemble
Graphics – Kellenberger-White
Build – Realm Projects
Photography – Stephen Pocock / Wellcome Collection
DHA Designs have completed the lighting design for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the triforium space at Westminster Abbey. Set more than 50ft above the Abbey floor, the medieval Triforium has never been open to the public before. Over 300 treasures from the Abbey’s collection will illustrate the rich thousand-year history of the institution.
Read The Times 5-star review here.
Read The Guardian’s review here.
The galleries open to the public on 11 June 2018.