The annual LoveLight architectural lighting event aims to inform and entertain and this year Sutton Vane Associates described the practice’s role in creating the lighting strategy for the park and public realm aspects of the Olympics from the planning permission stage onwards. After the Games came the fun, with Stuart Alexander demonstrating his extracurricular skills as a video jockey at the Classic Car Club in London EC1, the location of this year’s event.
Olympic Park Lighting strategy aired
The lighting strategy devised in 2008 for the Olympic Park and Public Realm ensures that the lighting designed for the Games also fits into the two other modes or phases of delivery: Transformation (the period after the games through to 2014) and then Legacy (from 2014 onwards).
It balanced priorities at each stage including higher levels of lighting during the Games to enable way-finding and for safety and security and lower levels in the Transformation and Legacy Phases to save energy and protect biodiversity. It also included the use of renewable energy sources, removing and recycling some lighting, and carefully restricting the use and location of lighting.