Project: Oast Barn Conversion, Sussex - 2007
Interior and Exterior Lighting Design scheme
Brief: To create a neutral lighting design scheme in this Grade II Listed building designed by Pfeiffer Designs, with the aim of attracting a potential buyer. The client did not want average ‘recess down-lighting’ widely associated with these types of buildings but to highlight the architectural design features both inside and out.
Concept: Based in the Oast house, the kitchen became a specific focus with its fully exposed original beams. Avoiding the obvious low voltage track lighting, a simple pendant scheme was developed, although with a wealth of choice in this type of fitting it was imperative to choose the right one for the space.
A feature was also made of the exposed brickwork and beams in other areas of the house using up and down wall lights to enhance the purity and strength of the natural materials.
For the exterior lighting, exterior wall lights were used to create a warm glow on the building as dusk falls, once again highlighting the beauty of the warm brickwork rather than distracting from it.
In the master bedroom the lighting was designed using long cords that were wrapped around the exposed beams. This would then allow the new owners to un-wrap them and move them to where they felt the lampshades and pools of light should fall, giving them the choice to place their stamp on the room. Throughout the project this was a key theme, to keep the scheme versatile so it was open to interpretation by the potential new owners.