This new build contemporary space was designed to be open plan, light and airy, a warm family home, a party venue, and a series of intimate spaces linked by distant focal points. A potentially conflicting set of requirements, but all possible with careful planning – and particularly with imaginative lighting design. This project has earned Brilliant a nomination as Finalists in the Lighting Design Awards 2011 Residential Lighting category.
The open plan kitchen, dining area and family space required three separate but sympathetic lighting treatments. The very modern clean lined kitchen is complemented by low glare ‘framelights’ and accent lighting is provided by the fireplace and the very discrete square white LEDs on the island which provide a low level wash on to the floor.
The aesthetically minimalist dining area is complemented by an aluminium profile over the dining table. The profile required custom made brackets to hang it from the roof glazing bars without compromising the water tightness of the roof and to blend in with its wood finish. The vertical glazing bars at the front of the conservatory are uplit by colour changing LEDs which are usually set to give a very soft pink glow which lifts the whole of this end of the house, but in party mode they can be vibrant pink or turquoise. Lighting control is by Lutron Homeworks.
At the other end of the open plan ground floor the staircase provides a stunning focal point aside the more formal lounge. The staircase was a challenge: it was fabricated out of concrete prior to us starting on the project, and with marble cladding and a glass handrail it provided no obvious fixing points for the lighting. We came up with the innovative solution of little LED ‘mushroom’ lights mounted on the outer edge of each step: these provide a wonderful sculptural wash rising up to the steps rising up to the first floor. They are complemented by uplighting of the smooth side of the curve under the steps, and a wonderful antique crystal chandelier hanging in the central void.
In the basement a fabulous cinema room and bar are given life and pizzazz by creative lighting. The cinema room had two structural columns to support the ground floor: we suggested adding another two to balance the room, and constructing a barrel vaulted ceiling in between, uplit with warm white cold cathode.
The pillars are clad with Bizazza mosaic tiles and uplit with ground recessed LEDs, and these and the ceiling vaulting frame the view to the bar at the end. The bar features amazing crystal pendants and LEDs again washing down the mosaic tiles on the bar front and the mirrored shelving at the rear.
The master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling also featuring cold cathode uplighting. This gives a wonderful soft warm glow to the whole room, and is complemented by lamp lighting and accent lighting in the built in furniture.
Photography: Simon Warren
Lutron Homeworks - Lighting Control