The winners of the WAN Interiors + Lighting Awards 2011 were announced, with the Agatha lamp and the Engineering 5 building: University of Waterlook, Canada winning in the product and project categories, respectively.
Agatha is known as the lamp that blooms, and was designed by Luis Eslava for LZF. A hanging lamp, it is meant to remind people of objects in nature.
The Engineering 5 Building is a multi-use engineering facility is clad in a futuristic diamond patterned fitted glass curtain wall. Linear fluorescent lamps and green technology LEDs are used for energy efficiency and sustainability. Guard rail integrated fluorescents light up the steps on the stair interior while soft‐white flexible LED strips are used to outline the stair exterior structure.
In contrast with the black perforated aluminum panels, the white LED strips form a light sculpture in the atrium areas. Blue LED stars form “sky gardens” on the atrium ceiling and above the main entrance.
Judges included: Florence Lam, director, Arup; Jane Pavitt, head of history of design department, Royal College of Art; Tord Boontje, professor and head of design products, Royal College of Art; Martyn Roberts, business development manager, OSAM; David Atkinson, creative director, DALD; and, Mark Major, director, Speirs + Major.
“It’s a very interesting light and potentially this could be flat-packed, but as it stands now this is the most realistic product in terms of usage – I really admire it,” said Boontje about the Agatha lamp.
The Engineering 5 building by Perkins+Will of Canada and Consullux Lighting Consultants/CEL was commended for its ‘superb quality, simplicity and the long lasting effect it will have on the daily life of the students and staff’.