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So many professions are prone to clichéd phrases, like the Football Managers “we’re building a team for the future” or in business, “Blue sky / outside the box thinking, this is just a heads-up” etc. With all that modern life throws at us it’s easy to become lost in repetition and mistake it for understanding, as it can be easier to trot out a well used phrase than to truly make ourselves understood. In our field of architectural lighting, two common phrases would include: “Architectural lighting is the marriage of art and science” and “Lighting is for people”. Both sentiments are so ubiquitous that it is easy to dismiss them as cliché without really trying to understand the deeper sentiments behind them. Are there lessons that we fail to learn by dismissing these sentiments out of hand? Perhaps by combining these twin concepts “Lighting is a marriage of Art and Science AND is for people”, we can breathe new life into a platitude. more

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We are proud to announce that alongside Hall McKnight Architects, The Titanic Foundation and the Commissioners of Irish Lights that Light Bureau have been selected to assist  in the restoration and display of the old Mew Island Lighthouse Optic.

The extremely rare hyper-radial Fresnel lens – constructed in Paris – dates back to 1887. At over 7 metres more

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The Yellow Pavilion, our collaboration with Hall McKnight Architects for the London Festival of Architecture, has been shortlisted for Best Landscape Lighting Scheme at the Darc Awards.

Head over to the Darc Awards website to register for the event and vote for your favourite project. If you’d like to know more about the Yellow Pavilion, click here.

Photography by Luke Hayes

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The “Norwegian Interior Architects & Furniture Designers association” (NIL) are launching their 2016 Interior & Furniture Yearbook at one of our projects, Lundin Norway. The event is taking place on Tuesday the 14th of June.

The Yearbook will contain plans, photographs and descriptions of up to one hundred individual projects, from from offices, schools, hotels, showrooms, restaurants, shops and housing. As well as including the latest in furniture design.

We are very delighted and proud to have our work accompanying this event.

Lighting magazine recently celebrated 40 years in publication and to mark the occasion, at the Lighting Design Awards published a list of the 40 most promising lighting designers under 40. We are very happy to announce that Light Bureau’s Associate Designer Joe Vose was included in this prestigious list of international designers. more

Light Bureau London is looking to expand our fantastic team by adding a Junior Designer. If you are creative, resourceful, and passionate about light then you will feel right at home. Your background should be from architecture or other design professions such as product/industrial design or architectural/theatre lighting. Previous experience in an independent lighting design studio would be advantageous but is not a requirement. more

Our Recently completed project No.1 Hardman Street, part of the Spinningfields development in Manchester City Centre is featured on Mondo Arc’s Website. “The architecture is unapologetically contemporary and the scale of the building is quite small in comparison to neighbouring structures, which enclose and look on to it. On this basis, it was felt that the lighting response should be playful and enhance the permeable building screen. Light Bureau investigated options but, as often happens, the first intuitive response was the one it adopted. The circular perforations in an otherwise simple rectilinear box are what defines the building and so they sought to express those. The holes would be visible from all directions and Light Bureau felt that the depth of the façade panels would be enough to capture highlights lit strongly from an acute angle. The base of the façade screen was a natural point at which to locate the light sources and the internal face allowed uninterrupted grazing to the whole height.” The full article can be read here

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To coincide with its 15th anniversary as an Independent Lighting Design practice, Light Bureau launches a totally new website this week.  With a refreshed identity, intuitive navigation and striking new content, the new site provides a much improved forum for showcasing the craft of the studio.

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Light Bureau marks 15 years as an Independent Lighting studio this month.  Having started life as Indigo Light Planning back in 1999, the practice rebranded as Light Bureau in 2007.  During this time, the studio has established itself as one of the most respected and leading practices in Europe, a status consistently reflected  more