The International Association of Lighting Designers, an industry organization dedicated to setting the global standard for lighting design excellence, held their 34th annual International Lighting Design Awards on Wednesday, May 10, honoring the very best of architectural lighting design. ETC was honored to have been a large part of several of the award-winning projects, deploying their versatile, innovative technology to help designers achieve their spectacular installations.
“ETC has always been a great supporter of the IALD International Design Awards program and we enjoy our participation in the sponsorship of the Education Trust Dinner each year at Lightfair,” said Karl Haas, Architectural National Sales Manager for ETC. “This year, we were extremely happy to be a part of many of the award winning projects—a total of 8—ranging from the Award of Excellence for the Harbin Opera House to the Special Citation Award for the ‘1.8’ art installation by Janet Echelman.”
Other ETC contributions included controlling the lighting on the facades of both a Manhattan skyrise and the National Museum of African American History and Culture; programming fixtures alongside (and sometimes under) the Chicago river; powering LEDs meant to evoke 19th-century gas lighting and more. Winning designs included representatives from ETC’s Unison Echo®, Paradigm®, and Mosaic® lines of architectural solutions and incorporated control systems, regular and custom distribution products, and even emergency lighting components.
Projects which utilized ETC equipment and expertise are included below. A full list of award winners can be found on the IALD website.
IALD RADIANCE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LIGHTING DESIGN
ETC Involvement: The Harbin Opera House consists of two performance spaces within a beautifully sinuous complex. The lighting for the public facing portions of the complex are controlled via ETC’s Unison Paradigm system. A full complement of ETC theatrical lighting gear and controls outfits the two theaters.
ETC Products: A new public space in King Cross, London, Gasholder Park uses ETC’s Paradigm controls, a Sensor3 dimming system and light sensors to control light for the industrial architecture, programming cross-fading and lighting shifts to simulate the experience of a solar eclipse.
ETC Products: ETC’s Paradigm control, combined with its Echo Architectural Control Processor and Smart Solutions dimming worked with 3600 bronze-finish panels enveloping the building to create dignified lighting that was also budget and environmentally responsible.
Special Citation for Inventive and Sensitive Reimagination of Historic Gas Luminaires
Principal Designer: Paul Marantz, FIALD
Fisher Marantz Stone
New York, NY USA
ETC Products: ETC’s Paradigm control system (with touchscreen panels and Heritage wall control stations) combined with custom distribution solutions delivered control and power to LEDs used to simulate historic lighting in this landmark space.