The Titanic Signature building will make a major architectural statement both by day and by night when it opens in 2012, the centenary of the launch of Belfast’s most famous but ill-fated ship. Sutton Vane Associates is lighting the plaza, exterior and all public spaces including nine galleries and a dark ride.

Light, shadows and colour will be used to emphasise the form and materials of the building.  The subtle use of colour temperature will entice visitors through the building and help tell the story of the Titanic. The zoned artificial lighting will mainly be LED, metal halide or fluorescent, all under a central control system to save energy and cut maintenance.

Visitor experience begins with the exterior lighting

The landmark building will have nine galleries each telling a different part of the story such as the launch and fit-out of the vessel and it will include a dark ride. Sutton Vane Associates has developed the lighting strategy for the building’s internal spaces in concert with concept designer Kay Elliot and exhibition designer Event Communication. The practice is also lighting the building’s facades, the plaza and water features designed by HP&P Architects. Belfast-based Todd Architects are working closely with the client (Harcourt) and Sutton Vane Associates to ensure all areas are coordinated and successfully detailed.