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Jebel Buhais Geology Centre, UAE

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.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters opens at the National Portrait Gallery

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.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open at Westminster Abbey

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.



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

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