The relighting of the Jewel House at the Tower of London has made the genuine exhibits sparkle -- and easier to admire. 

The relighting of the Jewel House at the Tower of London has made the genuine exhibits sparkle -- and easier to admire. 

Sutton Vane Associates has been shortlisted as Lighting Design Practice of the Year in the 2012 Lux Awards. In addition, three very different lighting projects by Sutton Vane Associates have also been shortlisted: The Titanic Belfast, the Jewel House at the Tower of London and Landscape and Public Realm lighting for the London 2012 Olympic Park are all contending for the accolade. Mark Sutton Vane says: ‘It is a great thrill to be shortlisted as Practice of the Year and to have three such varied projects shortlisted. They represent a wide range of challenges but all have special significance in a historic year of anniversaries, celebrations and international events.’ The Jewel House at the Tower of London (pictured) is a contender in the Retrofit category.

The Jewel House has been re-lit to give visitors an exciting visual experience by highlighting individual objects to generate spectacular, multicoloured reflections and sparkle, re-presenting its authentic and priceless collection to more than 2.5 million visitors a year in an environmentally-friendly way. Carefully re-engineering and remodelling some of the existing lighting and adding new elements makes the collection easier to see, eliminates glare and makes graphics easier to read. 

The lighting strategy designed in 2008 by Sutton Vane Associates for the Landscape and Public Realm lighting for London 2012 Olympic Park and currently being implemented ensured that the lighting was fully coordinated with other lighting installations for venues and other facilities. The strategy has had to balance 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 phase (from October 2012) and then Legacy (from 2014 onwards)  to save energy and protect biodiversity. It included the use of renewable energy sources, removing and recycling some lighting, and carefully restricting the use and location of lighting. It has been shortlisted for Urban Lighting project of the Year. 

The Titanic Belfast has been shortlisted for Architectural Lighting Project of the Year. Harcourt Construction commissioned Sutton Vane Associates to provide the lighting design for all public spaces within and around the Titanic Belfast museum, which opened to mark the centenary of the famous ship’s construction. This included main atrium, exhibition spaces, gallery, external plaza and building facades. Its design follows a lighting strategy that embraces low levels of lighting and variations in colour temperature to vary the atmosphere and to reflect the narrative of the Titanic story.

Some 200 entries were received for this year’s awards organised by Lux magazine and the Lighting Industry Association. They will take place at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday 6 November 2012.