Winning design at University of Hertfordshire

Amy Beckett, who studied Interior and Spatial Design at the University of Hertfordshire, has one a lighting competition set by the university. The competition was to design a light feature to be installed in the restaurant in the new student union building. The budget was set at £15,000.

The Brief was to design a contemporary light installation within the project constraints which compliments the architecture, interior design and lighting design, and which creates interest but does not dominate the spatial qualities of the restaurant.

Amy and a partner wowed the judges with their weird and wonderful concept (judges included LAPD Lighting Consultants, RMJM Architects, Willmott Dixon Construction, and The University of Hertfordshire lecturers). After viewing visuals of the proposed design and visiting site, they came up with the theme of ‘layered’.

‘We experimented with sketch models created by our vision of layers. Whilst photographing the models, we realised that the shadows the models created were far more interesting than the model itself. We tracked/traced the shadows (see attachment labelled shadows) and created a sculpture. Although the brief was to design a light, our idea was not about making the feature the source of the light. We wanted to project light onto our sculpture to make it glow whilst throwing shows onto the back wall (effectively making shadow form shadows),’ explains Amy.

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