The distinguished atrium space of this London home required a sculptural lighting installation that would hang under the dome glass skylight and cascade down the triple-height staircase, to create an elegant focal point and a warm welcome.
The light feature had to work in harmony with the ornate spiral staircase and not obstruct the architectural structure of the glass dome or the natural light entering the space.
Inspired by the starry sky and variations of natural light throughout the day, the bespoke installation resembles a shower of meteors spiralling down the stairwell. The “matter” comprises faceted rock-like forms and oval-shaped luminaires, with a bronze top and frosted acrylic below.
The surrounding finishes and architecture were touched on in the design and create a harmonious interior scheme. The bronze circle detailing of the staircase draws the eye up into the atrium space and continues in the feature’s bronze-accented luminaires. The delicate light sources emit a soft, diffuse glow and complement the architectural lighting by using the same colour temperature.
The faceted crystal-clear, rock-like forms reflect and refract the glowing light sources and sunlight filtering through the dome, to generate a glistening effect throughout the space.
To avoid interfering with the architecture of the glass dome, the cascading light feature is suspended from a highly polished ceiling plate that reflects the surroundings, subtly disguising it. The minimal frame allows natural light to flow through the space, while not compromising on structural integrity.
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