University of Birmingham

Bespoke illuminated fabric tension system

The Light Lab realised the initial concept of lighting designers BDP to manufacture & install a series of bespoke triangular light panels to the ceiling of the new 250 seat lecture theatre in the Teaching and Learning Building, at the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus.
The shapes were created using our brand new ‘Glowscreen‘ product; a bespoke illuminated fabric tension system across a lightweight frame, installed within the timber ceiling structure.
The neutral white, evenly illuminated shapes, give the illusion of skylights, with daylight flooding into the room; adding to the fresh, contemporary architecture of the lecture theatre.

The building features an array of sustainable lighting features and is now set to save 21 tonnes of carbon per year, thanks to the environmentally conscious designs of the lighting design team at BDP.

Nick Meddows, senior lighting designer at BDP describes;

“The general lighting strategy was to minimise the soporific effects of a room with no access to daylight and to accentuate the glulam ceiling structure. The bespoke triangular Glowscreen panels allowed the light sources to be located at high level within the ceiling structure and trick the eye into thinking there could be natural light entering the space” 

The project recently won best Public Sector Interior at Mix Interiors Mixology Awards 2021.

ArchitectSheppard Robson
Lighting DesignBDP
Services Bespoke Lighting Manufacturer Specialist lighting installation
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