Cill Einde

Interior lighting design, 2010.

The parish church of Cill Einde sits on a crossroads at the centre of the village of Spiddal, County Galway. The thick walls and tall narrow windows are determined by the Hiberno-Romanesque tradition of church building in Ireland. As part of a complete renovation of the church interior, the central concern of our lighting design for the church was to retain the fine balance of natural light and darkness. This was achieved through the use of an extensive lighting control system.

As the church is open to visitors 18 hours a day, feature lighting to key elements – sanctuary, baptistery, stations of the cross, statuary – and salient architectural details reveals the form and order of the space. Ambient lighting to the horizontal plane promotes a sense of darkness and intimacy.