Architects and lighting designers teamed up for a collaborative ideas workshop as part of Southwark Council’s regeneration of Peckham in South London. Six interdisciplinary teams worked together in the charrette organised by the Architects’ Journal and Philips to outline a masterplan and lighting strategy for the town centre. The results will be published by the Architects’ Journal and in research by Philips’s Livable Cities think tank on urban design. It will also feed into discussions by Southwark Council.
The lighting strategy was designed to build a nighttime economy, create landmarks and gateways and develop a lighting hierarchy to define areas as residential, retail or light industrial, while respecting the character of the area. Each team contributed to the strategy and developed smaller projects for sites in and around Peckham’s main street, Rye Lane.
Lighting integrated with architecture
Architect Robin Lee (of Robin Lee Architects) and Michael Grubb of Sutton Vane Associates integrated lighting into Lee’s proposed redevelopment of a potential landmark building envisioned asa multi-storey ‘warehouse for living’. Designing the lighting into the fabric of the mixed-use tower would create a landmark and linked neatly into the masterplan by creating the first of a series of features along the route of the main thoroughfare. The AJ’s Rory Olcayto commented that ‘the integration of the lighting was a perfect example of lighting and architecture gelling.’