Arup receives highest Award at this year’s Asian Lighting Design Awards

09 Jun 2016

The Asian Association of Lighting Designers have honoured Arup with a Gold Award for our work on the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a cultural hub at the centre of a historic district of Seoul, creating a new civic space for the city. It is a home to a variety of public spaces including art/exhibition halls, a convention centre, a museum space, design labs, seminar rooms and other associated facilities.

The architectural free form of the building is covered with more than 45,000 curved aluminium panels, incorporating a field of pixilation and perforation patterns that help to create dynamic visual effects depending on the lighting conditions and seasonal changes. At night the building comes alive first through the reflections of the neon lighting of the surrounding colourful cityscape, then through the interplay of the built-in façade lighting animating the building skin, reflecting the characteristics of its unique urban setting and minimising light pollution to the night sky.

Sustainability was a key driver for the client so daylight linked control and high efficiency, long life lamps were installed throughout.

Arup worked closely with Zaha Hadid Architects on the design of the building and its façade which resulted in a cohesive, energy efficient and aesthetically tuned lighting project that demonstrates how architects, façade specialists and engineers can collaborate effectively on challenging architectural forms.

“We are delighted to receive this top accolade from the Asian Association of Lighting Designers. The Plaza is one of the main cultural hubs in the centre of one of the busiest districts of Seoul so it was important that the lighting signifies and reinforces Dongdaemun Design Plaza’s identity as a hub for art, design and technology. We have been able to achieve this in a visually dynamic and stimulating way.”

- Florence Lam, Global Lighting Design Leader, Arup

The Asian Lighting Design Awards rewards the projects that have excellent contributions on the outstanding technical and research developments, innovative design, energy-efficient and successful applications, which have been highly praised by the users. This award, which is endorsed by International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), is one of the most influential in the Asian lighting design field.



Charlotte Schofield

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  • View of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza at nightOpen gallery

    The Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul has created a new civic space for the vibrant city