The Harris Partnership
Jointly designed by The Harris Partnership and BDP Lighting and manufactured by Northern Lights, these breathtaking lighting sculptures have taken centre stage in the newly refurbished Park Lane area of Meadowhall Shopping Centre – one of only six super-regional shopping malls in the country.
Taking on the task to transform the Park Lane area into a premier shopping area, the interior designer wanted a group of large-scale lighting features for the foyer spaces. The major requirements in the design brief were: firstly, the feature needed to connect upper and lower shopping areas and secondly, it needed to deliver a genuine 'Wow' factor. After comparing a few options, the final design brief called for a series of mass installations of delicate abstract shape suspensions. Northern Lights was given the job to bring the idea to life.
A big challenge but also an exciting one
Working through the inspirational images from the interior designer, our designers then developed a template for the abstract shapes. A mixture of polished stainless steel, clear acrylic and frosted acrylic materials were selected to add depth. Each shape was then precision cut with a laser to achieve the abstract geometric forms. More than 14,000 shapes in total were suspended on the ultra-thin wires which were further enhanced by 21,000 clear crystals.
The ceiling plate sub-structure was constructed in aluminium with a mirror polished trim plate reflecting the suspension drops. Getting the right quantity of suspensions to achieve the right density was quite a mathematical challenge!
Eight sculptures were installed in the main hall with another one at the mall entrance. Each installation rains down from the glass roof, which from a distance makes them look like lighting blocks with intricate details and from closer up the leaves appear to be floating, lighter than air. This brings an elevating yet calming effect to the space.
The installations are illuminated by precise narrow beam LED luminaire light projectors, which were specified by BDP Lighting.
Since the refurbishment, the re-designed Park Lane area has attracted many aspirational lifestyle brands including The White Company, Jigsaw and White Stuff.