Urban campus in London’s West End: Light construction by Carl Stahl Architecture puts the spotlight on Nova Victoria

With the redevelopment of the former Victoria Square, London’s West End has been given a vibrant and attractive center which unites working and living, shopping and gastronomy. Stretched between the buildings, a construction made of futuristic LED suspension lamps by Carl Stahl Architecture makes for individual light moods.

A striking and modern city campus now rises up close to Buckingham Palace, between Victoria Street and Bressenden Place. Nova Victoria is the revitalization of Victoria Square, designed as a vital, up-and-coming place where people can live and work, shop, relax and enjoy. With its central location and direct connection to Victoria Station, one of the city’s most important interchanges, Nova is one of the most attractive architectural developments of recent times in the capital city. The suspension lamps by Carl Stahl Architecture floating over the spaces between the buildings are a highlight in the truest sense of the word.

Exclusive city district

With a crisscross of broad thoroughfares, the five buildings form an architecturally sophisticated ensemble. They house modern offices, luxurious apartments with a view of the royal gardens, as well as retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, all with an air of the exclusive. The confident, modern architecture is the result of the collaboration of several renowned architectural offices. PLP Architecture from London was responsible for the master plan of the new city district.

Illuminated promenade

Between the north and the south building, a remarkable light construction showcases the thoroughfare with its cafés and restaurants in a novel way. Carl Stahl Architecture developed a carrier structure, stretching between the buildings,which consists of I-SYS stainless steel cables in combination with LED suspension lamps. These ensure individual, changeable light moods and can be addressed directly via DMX. The carrier ropes with a diameter of 16 millimeters cross to create a grid pattern measuring 750 by 750 millimeters. Just short of 700 lights with a diameter of 80 millimeters are attached to the supporting structure at different lengths. The 12-meter expanse between the façades appears to have waves due to the different light lengths – the perfect stage for creative light designs. Carl Stahl Architecture concealed the technology the installation is based on: The data cables are elegantly routed through attractive stainless steel tubes. The lighting scenario is maintenance-friendly: The LED suspension lamps each with an illuminous power of 5.1 Watts and 165 lumens can be exchanged individually if required.

Innovative technology with convincing characteristics

Light installations by Carl Stahl Architecture combine the lightness of delicate-looking carrier constructions with the diverse possibilities of impressive lighting designs and modern media technology – either as a fixed installation or flexible in use, with a lightweight structure that can be shaped three-dimensionally. Various carrier structures made of stainless steel cables and mesh, I-SYS and X-TEND, as well as individually developed supporting structures enable myriad options for mediatecture. Integrated processors in every light ensure the necessary flexibility for dynamic image and color transitions. Images, animations and videos can be transmitted directly to the system via standardized interfaces. Special software allows real-time video rendering and the programming of creative light designs.

Thanks to the efficient LED technology and the exact matching of the energy performance to the relevant requirements, the LED light module systems by Carl Stahl Architecture are extremely economical in terms of energy consumption. The certification awarded by the German Public Construction Authority for fundamental components of the stainless steel program I-SYS and X-TEND as the basis of the system facilitates planning and approval from the relevant building authority.