As part of the consultation process for DSDHA’s masterplan for Stockwell Square, we were commissioned to design a temporary lighting installation to the corner facade of Stockwell Underground Station in Lambeth South London.
The illumination of the brick vent offers the station a more positive identity and to re-establishes it’s historic presence at the junction.
We also managed the installation process, which included extensive on and off-site liaison with TfL, London Underground and Tubelines.
Equipment loaned by Philips Lighting UK. Electrical installation by C&S Electrical with the cooperation of London Underground Limited.
Kirklees Council are currently applying to the Big Lottery Heritage Fund for monies to improve the built fabric of the historic northern end of Dewsbury town centre.
Studio Dekka was commissioned to design and manage the installation of two temporary schemes to illustrate the bid at two key sites.
Kingsway and Queensway Arcades link Northgate with the market and promise to be key east-west routes in a rejuvenated town centre. Despite being close to the busiest part of the town centre, they’re currently underlit and can be threatening after dark. A simple design using bare lamps aimed to highlight the intricate ironwork of the arcade ceiling as well as making the route feel safer.
Pioneer House is a grand Victorian building that dominates the northern approach to the town centre and the view of the town from the railway line. The building has fallen into disrepair over more than a decade and is currently being renovated by the local authority. The lighting installation aimed to suggest new activity after years of under-use around what is a substantial part of the town centre.
Lighting design for “Brazil at Heart” exhibition in new Embassy.
Designed by NaJa and De Ostos and opened by the Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff on the eve of London 2012, the Brazil at Heart exhibition showcases a modern nation with cultural diversity and exuberant nature in the ornate ‘English’ environment of the new Embassy of Brazil in central London.
The 750m2 temporary installation set over two floors utilises the ambiguity of sinuous natural forms.
Focusing on innovation and technology alongside the 2016 Olympic Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup (both to be hosted by Brazil) the exhibition design utilises interactive and sensorial elements to mediate the experience of the user.
The ground floor structure is made of 103 layers of triple walled corrugated cardboard accommodating ten exhibitor spaces and exhibition infrastructure.
The lighting installation embedded yellow fluorescent battens within the cardboard structure: their linearity and colour enhancing both the material and formal experience of the exhibition. Additional feature and ambient light was provided by LED track spotlights.
Temporary and permanent lighting installations across five town centres.
The A1010 Corridor in north London was the focus of the London Borough of Enfield’s successful round one bid to the Outer London Fund. The bid aimed to enhance the public realm of five town centres - Enfield Wash, Enfield Highway, Ponders End, Edmonton Green and Edmonton Angel - linked by the A1010.
Dekka was part of the design team headed by Landolt + Brown and Muf Architecture/Art and also including Objectif.
We collaborated on delivering a series of temporary and festive lighting interventions that preceded permanent installations aimed at enlivening key civic buildings, road junctions and pedestrian routes throughout the project area.
Temporary landscape lighting design for public park.
Opened in 1937, Parque da Liberdade in the picturesque town of Sintra, near Lisbon in Portugal is host to over 60 different species of plants and trees.
Our temporary installation transformed the park, proposing an alternative night-time ambience for a softly-lit twilight promenade through a one-mile circuit of the garden interior.
Simple installations in warm colour tones activated seating areas dispersed along the route and created social gathering points that enrich and initiate the integration of the park into the wider public realm.
Interior and exterior lighting to temporary multi-use structure.
A temporary project beneath the A12 at Hackney Wick hosted a range of events, such as boat tours and film screenings throughout the summer of 2011.
Designed by Assemble and built with the help of local volunteers, the temporary building was a play on the perception of mass: a staged “sleight-of-hand” between the monumental flyover and a weightless timber-brick structure.
The lighting design focused on that dialogue, with ambient light grazing the textured concrete of the soffit and warmer light leaked from within the folly itself.
New interior lighting scheme to sanctuary of church.
The sanctuary of St Ignatius’ church in Ossett, West Yorkshire had been overlit using inefficient halogen luminaires, which proved expensive to operate and maintain. The key part of our brief was to reduce that cost while clarifying the symbolic significance of the space and the elements within.
Our design provided a simple and controlled scheme for ambient and spotlighting to the sanctuary - strengthening its role as the most important part of the church during and outside mass times.
Further, by employing LED and metal halide light sources we successfully extended a more predictable maintenance cycle while reducing energy consumption and resultant costs by over 70%.
Pop-up restaurant in long-term vacant town centre unit.
In winter 2010, Dekka were commissioned by Kirklees Council to develop a project exploring the reduced use of properties above ground level, especially within the evening economy.
We collaborated with local restaurants, food producers and suppliers to serve Polish, Indian and Mediterranean courses and real ale to 100 diners. Each course was served on a separate storey of a vacant retail unit. Each storey - and thereby each course - was linked by the fine staircase that penetrates the whole building.
The interior design of plain white walls, exposed timber floorboards and self-built furniture made from reclaimed materials was deliberately restrained and uncluttered. The staircase was identified within a single shaft of blue light.
In recent years Dewsbury, a medium-sized town in West Yorkshire, has suffered from an general economic decline and a series of controversies that have seen it dubbed ‘the town that dare not speak its name’.
In 2009 Bauman Lyons Architects were commissioned by Kirklees Council to develop a strategic development framework for Dewsbury. A key element of their ideas was a series of temporary “Stepping Stone” projects aimed at producing quick improvements within limited budgets. Dekka collaborated with Bauman Lyons to deliver five exemplar projects.
One of these was a candle-lit halal fish and chip dinner for the local community within the historic but under-used market building.