Three envelope-pushing residential projects were selected as winners in the 33rd annual Cooper Lighting SOURCE Awards, a national lighting design competition that celebrates lighting’s role as a primary element in design.
The winners were recognized at Lightfair Intl. 2010 in Las Vegas on May 11 during a keynote speaker luncheon in front of 500 design professionals. Eight professional awards and five student awards were presented.
In the Professional Residential Category, top honors went to the design team of Robert H. Singer, Chase Carter and Kim Quint of Robert Singer & Assoc., Basalt, CO, for the lighting design of the Ridge Residence in Aspen, CO (shown here). Architectural details throughout the high-end contemporary home, set against a mountain backdrop, presented opportunities for integrated lighting while some architectural elements required close coordination to ensure the lighting enhanced the space. Iris PN3-MR16 downlights were used throughout the home to reduce glare while ensuring the maximum adjustability of the fixtures. Each space focused on creating layers of light — ambient, task and accent all contribute to the overall feel of a room. A linear uplight highlights the craftsmanship of the wood ceilings, and creates a warm glow on the plaster ceilings. A lighting control system is used in the home to provide the owner with a number of scenes for both the common areas and bedrooms.
Additionally, Singer and Quint were honored with an Award of Recognition for the lighting design of the Willow Court Residence, also located in Aspen. Ambient, recessed downlights and linear lighting were employed to ensure the contemporary mountain home complemented its surroundings while still asserting its presence as a modern residence.
Glenn Merlin Johnson and Jared M. Britton of Adaptive Design Group Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, received an Honorable Mention for the lighting design of a 32,000-square-foot Palm Desert residence in California. The home is set on top of a desert mountain, and the firm was tasked with creating dramatic spaces throughout the house while also being concerned with sustainability. To accomplish this, lighting fixtures were placed only in key locations throughout the house and a large amount of energy-efficient LED fixtures were used. Cooper Lighting provided the majority of the fixtures including RSA, Iris and Portfolio downlights, io LED fixtures, Lumiere landscape fixtures and Metalux fluorescent fixtures.
The annual SOURCE competition, launched in 1977, focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design. Entries are judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, technical performance and the degree in which the lighting met the project constraints and design concept goals.
Cooper Lighting has already announced a call for entries for next year’s SOURCE Awards. The competition is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants who use the company's fixtures in an interior or exterior design project. Students currently enrolled in any of these disciplines are also eligible to enter projects based on conceptual lighting designs using these fixtures, and are judged in a separate student category.
The competition requires the predominant use of any or all of the Cooper Lighting brands, including Halo, Metalux, Portfolio, Neo-Ray, Corelite, Sure-Lites, Lumark, McGraw-Edison, Fail-Safe, Lumiere, Shaper, IRiS, Ametrix, RSA, io, Invue, MWS, PDS and Streetworks.
Judging will take place in February 2011 by a professional, independent panel of lighting and design professionals, as well as a representative of the SOURCE, Cooper Lighting’s lighting education center. Student winners will receive a crystal trophy and $1,500; professional winners will receive $2,000, a crystal trophy, and local and national recognition. Winners will also receive an invitation to attend a lighting seminar at the SOURCE, located at the company’s headquarters in Peachtree City, GA.
Entries must be postmarked on or before Jan. 31, 2011. Winners will be announced in May 2011.
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