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Light Over Water

Steensen Varming is the first Australian organisation to win an Award of Excellence from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) for the lighting of the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney.

Light Over Water


June 16th, 2008

The award was one of only eight handed out on the evening. So with over 160 submissions, Steensen Varming were literally one of a handful of winners at the 25th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards Presentation and Education Trust Benefit Dinner held in Las Vegas on 30 May, 2008.

The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, a $40 million project commissioned by the City of Sydney, was the last great work designed by the renowned architect Harry Seidler and the lighting is regarded as one of the key defining elements in the overall design.

“We are delighted to be named among a select group of distinguished award winners and for being recognised as setting an example in lighting design excellence, said Steensen Varming Technical Director, Mike Harrold, who received the award on behalf of the consultancy.

With regard to the project, he added that, “The innovative lighting enhances the unique wave-shaped architecture of the building, creating a glowing landmark that harmonises with its surroundings, while doing so in a sustainable, energy efficient manner.”

In presenting the award, Jeffery Miller President of the IALD said: “This was a great and inspiring lighting project and obviously Australian lighting designers are mixing it with the best in the world.”

The IALD is headquartered in Chicago and is recognised for setting the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers.





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