Sainsbury's Digital Hub

Location London, United Kingdom
Services Lighting design
Sector Workplace 
Client Sainsbury's
Architect Chetwood Architects 
Imagery © Casey Photography

Andrew Bissell

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Cundall was brought in with a very clear brief to deliver an office lighting solution which provides the qualities the staff need for their job, reflects the latest research in office lighting design, helps to attract the best staff in the industry and delivers an energy efficient installation.

The client provided plans and sections through the basement space to allow Cundall’s lighting designer to understand the proposed architectural proposal. The architect had designed a series of ground and mezzanine level group work pods, scrum rooms, client meeting rooms, a collaboration stage and stair and a kitchen. The client asked cundall to create a lighting solution based on the architect’s plans and knowledge of the company’s ambition for its staff and the office space.

The programme to develop the lighting concept and select the products for ordering was just four weeks. In this time, Cundall Light4 created a design which took its inspiration from Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The concept captured the high tech, purposeful and deliberate lighting effects and shapes from those films. The hexagonal work pods reflect (but don’t copy)  the scene where Dave walks through the airlock in his battle with HAL 9000. The scrum rooms are provided with a repetitive ‘1’ & ‘0’ binary code to reflect the design of computers which can endlessly process the same tasks and deliver the same answer. The mezzanine balcony and also below the balcony are provided with just about a sufficient level of light to allow a person to see the task area they need to focus on. This follows the blade runner strategy where the area of interest was always in stark contrast to the surrounding areas.

The total connected lighting load is 6.412kW. The total floor area including the mezzanine balcony and work pods is 979.236m². This gives a total connected load of 6.547 W/m². The operating load has not yet settled down but we expect it to be around 4.5W/m² given the number of meeting rooms. 

LUX Awards 2015; Office and Workplace Lighting Project of the Year, winner

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