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part of WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS Issue No. 4 // April 2011
“Shining a light on patents and innovations” is written on the European Patent Office website. This slogan hits the nail on the head: the light metaphor perfectly elucidates the activities and positioning of the European Patent Office (EPO).

Accordingly, the lighting solution created by the light designer Gabriele Allendorf represents the primary design factor for the new administrative complex of the EPO in Munich.

The architect Shigeru Ban, who has always shown a special interest in materials, has designed, for FontanaArte, this floor lamp which enhances the lightness and extension resistance of carbon fibre. The inside of the stem is solid and comprises a sequence of different materials (fibre glass, aluminium and carbon fibre) which are layered in order to obtain a single element with high structural properties.
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October 2010 marked the final migration for staff of international award winning accountancy firm KPMG to their new headquarters 15 Canada Square, London. The move marks the end of five years planning and development for KPMG and three years intensive work for the design team including London based architectural lighting consultants Light Bureau.
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Casa Maria is a recently remodelled private house in London.

Built in the mid 18th century as a billiard room for the adjacent manor house, the 175m2 building was converted into a family residence in the late 1950’s.

The architect’s vision for the space was a modern family house with a central feature acrylic piece that links the 3 floors and transmits light from top to bottom.

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When Chris Hardy was conceptualizing his design he was inspired by “the idea of society - a unique, organic social structure formed through the relationships that connect an individual to a greater community. This idea of a single mass constructed of smaller individual elements I found to be an interesting concept to visualize through form”.
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65,000 colour-changing combinations of LED accent luminaires create a spectacular wavelike effect as lines of light integrated into floating architectural ceiling fins transform the experience of light and space at the renovated and expanded Battelle Grand located within the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio. Illumination, architecture, and materiality all unite in what has been praised as a "marvellous experience realm” by the publisher of The Official Columbus Visitors Guide.
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To transform this seventies era, modern heritage building (formerly a National Bank) into a new space dedicated to contemporary fashion, the first step taken by the architects was to simplify the overall structure, which had been subjected over the years to a series of additions and renovations. The building's interior was thus stripped to its original brutalist structure, which revealed itself to be surprisingly striking.
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Welcome to the special Lighting issue of INSIDE!

To coincide with the launch of the WAN Interiors + Design Lighting Awards 2011, we are dedicating issue 4 to focusing on some of the most exciting and innovative lighting projects and products from around the world, many of which have already entered the awards.

SNAPSHOT writer Stacey Sheppard talks with Sam Wilkinson, Winner of the Brit Insurance Design Awards for his Plumen 001 energy saving designer light bulb, beating Apple’s iPad and Dyson’s air multiplier to the top spot.

Amy Knight, our Arts & Media correspondent, has just returned exhausted and inspired from this year’s Euroluce 2011, and reports back on her whistle-stop tour of the latest designs from Milan.

Dan Heap director of danheap Lighting and part time lecturer at The University of Portsmouth, writes about delivering an energy saving scheme without compromising on design. Take a look at one of his projects, Casa Maria, a beautiful private house in London.

The next issue of INSIDE will feature international furniture, so send us your designs and we’ll make sure they are seen by over 175,000 architects, designers, clients and manufacturers around the world.

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The WAN AWARDS have always attracted an elite panel of international judges, and the Interiors + Design Lighting Award 2011, is no exception. The Early Registration discount only runs until 30 April 2011. Read more here 
We catch up with Samuel Wilkinson, winner of the annual Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011, for his energy-saving designer light bulb, Plumen 001.Read more here 
From ancient wicker techniques to clinical, retro-futuristic contraptions, this year’s Euroluce at Milan Furniture Fair brought international attention to the current landscape of lighting design.
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Lighting within residential projects has become a more difficult challenge with the stricter implementation of Part L1b of the UK building regulations.Read more here 
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