Culture and heritage
Victoria and Albert Museum
Happold Lighting / Nord Architect
Concord Beacon Muse spotlights
The Dr Susan Weber Gallery - a new furniture gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London - contains an energy-efficient lighting scheme by Happold Lighting that features Concord Beacon Muse spotlights supplied by Felio Sylvania.
Happold Lighting was appointed by the V&A to work with Nord Architecture to develop a low-energy, contemporary lighting scheme for the new gallery. The practice undertook a daylight analysis of the space, and to conserve the sensitive exhibits, natural light levels are balanced with discreetly positioned artificial lighting.
Concord Beacon Muse spotlights are installed at high level within the space and are positioned to reveal the forms and details of the V&A furniture collection. The spotlights use warm, high colour rendering LEDs, each fitted with suitable filters, depending on the exhibit.
Each luminaire is fitted with a potentiometer to allow individual setting of light levels to allow visitors to fully appreciate the craftsmanship of the pieces.
Laura Phillips, Lighting Director at Buro Happold said: “When we designed the lighting scheme for the new gallery we had a two-fold challenge – to create a sense of daylight in the space for visitors while preserving but also revealing the exhibits in the best possible way. Beacon Muse helped us achieve this and the use of LED played a significant contribution in us meeting our energy efficiency targets for the project.”
Natural daylight and artificial lighting were brought together for maximum benefit within the gallery spaces.