June 25, 2011


On June 9th, the 4th edition of the 2011 Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards ceremony was held at the signature auditorium Petit Palau in Palau de la Música Catalana. The event, presided by Mr. Ignasi Cusidó, CEO of LAMP, and conducted by journalist Marta Casagolda, (TV3), also included the "Lighting Design" presentation given by the prestigious French Concepteur Lumière, Roger Narboni.

The gala, in the showpiece and characteristic setting of Barcelona, was attended by numerous celebrities and professionals of the lighting, architecture, interior design and landscaping industries. They wanted to participate in the awards that are consolidated year after year and are, without a doubt, national and international standard bearers.

The 2011 Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards have been endowed with a total of €33,000 distributed into four categories: Architectural Exterior Lighting, Interior Lighting, Urban and Landscapr Lighting, and Students Proposals.

The winners in the different categories of the Lamp Lighting Solutions '11 Awards were:


With a prize of €10,000, the judges have decided to give the 2011 LAMP AWARD for ARCHITECTURAL EXTERIOR LIGHTING to GRAN CASINO COSTA BRAVA by b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos and Maurici Ginés artec3 Lighting Design for: "the use of light as a projective tool, another element of architecture both in its natural and artificial angle that is effectively integrated in the structure itself and generates three-dimensionality and dynamism".


With a prize of €10,000, the judges have decided to give the 2011 LAMP AWARD for INTERIOR LIGHTING to THYSSENKRUPP QUARTER, by Licht Kunst Licht AG: Alexander Rotsch and Andreas Schulz for: "their masterful treatment of artificial light in each of the indoor spaces, emphasizing the building's transparency. They highlight the smart use of light on vertical planes as well as the careful design of custom-made lighting".

Additionally, the judges awarded MENTION to:

HOPE TREE by 24º Studio (Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova) in Tokyo (Japan) for: "the facility's poetic bearing that evokes nature in a space for display and the innovative way that watercolor's role is used by giving it a new function."


With a prize of €10,000, the judges have decided to award the 2011 LAMP AWARD for URBAN AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING to BROKEN LIGHT in Rotterdam (Netherlands) by Rudolf Teunissen for: "its novelty, its innovation, because it fuses light and shadow into a single concept and improves urban space through artificial light. Space perception is improved through illuminating vertical and horizontal planes in a balanced fashion."


With a prize of €3,000, the judges have decided to give the 2011 LAMP AWARD STUDENTS PROPOSALS to BOUYANT LIGHT by Claire Lubell and Virginia Fernández of the University of Waterloo (Canada) for "the emotional character obtained for an object of huge functional use in its setting and the proposal's great interest. It especially highlights the approach's creativity, the sensitiveness with which it responds to the landscape and to the use of renewable energies."

And it awarded MENTION to:

LA DELGADA LÍNEA ROJA by Sílvia Cruells and Guillem Colomer of ESTAV (Escola Superior d' Arquitectura del Vallès) for: "the formal simplicity of its application in the landscape and for the emotional value it contributes. It highlights its capacity to evoke emotions in the user and adapt itself to very different urban environments."

LAMP has edited the book Lighting Concepts '11 for the occasion. It includes the work of the contest's finalists and winners.

June 6, 2011


CCAM is a series of 8 volumes referring to the speech ballon
Hangzhou urban planning bureau has announced MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM) in Hangzhou, China. MVRDV won with a design referring to the speech balloon: a series of eight balloon shaped volumes create an internally complex museum experience of in total 30.000m2. Part of the project is also a series of parks on islands, a public plaza and a 13.000m2 expo centre. Construction start is envisioned for 2012, the total budget is 92 million Euro.

Comics and animations have long been considered a form of entertainment for the younger generations but develop more and more into a sophisticated art form. The initiative for a museum especially for this relatively recent art form creates a platform which will unite the worlds of art and entertainment. By using one of the cartoon's prime characteristics - the speech balloon - the building will instantly be recognized as place for cartoons, comics and animations. The neutral speech balloon becomes 3d.

A giant robot is centre of the permanent exhibition spiral
The 30.000m2 are distributed over eight volumes which are interconnected allowing for a circular tour of the entire program. Services such as the lobby, education, three theatres/cinemas with in total 1111 seats and a comic book library occupy each their own balloon. If two balloons touch in the interior a large opening allows access and views in-between the volumes. The balloon shape allows for versatile exhibitions, the permanent collection is presented in a chronological spiral whereas the temporary exhibition hall offers total flexibility. Amsterdam based exhibition architects Kossman.deJong tested the spaces and designed exhibition configurations which appeal to different age groups and allow large crowds to visit the exhibition. One of the balloons is devoted to interactive experience in which visitors can actively experiment with all sorts of animation techniques like blue screen, stop motion, drawing, creating emotions etc. The core attraction of this space is a gi gantic 3D zoetrope. The routing of the museum permits short or long visits, visits to the cinema, the temporary exhibition or the roof terrace restaurant. The façade of the museum is covered in a cartoon relief referring to a Chinese vase. The monochrome white concrete façade allows the speech balloons to function: texts can be projected onto the façade. The relief was designed in collaboration with Amsterdam based graphic designers JongeMeesters.

The comic strip library offers views to the outside and into adjacent balloons
Most of the 13.7 ha site is occupied by a new park on a series of islands in White Horse Lake. Reed beds are used to improve the water quality. Boat rides offer an added attraction. A separate expo building of 25.000m2 will house large fairs and the annual China International Comic and Animation Festival (CICAF). In-between expo and CCAM a public plaza will be the centre of this festival which is the county's largest cartoon and animation event and has been held annually in Hangzhou since 2005.

Hangzhou is a metropolis with 6.4 million inhabitants 180 km southwest of Shanghai. The Museum will become a new focal point on the less populated southern side of Qiantang river. The CCAM will consolidate the city's leading position as China's capital of the animation industry. The new Museum will be the icon of a larger development, the Comic and Animation Centre. It comprises a series of hill-shaped buildings containing offices, a hotel and a conference centre of which the first phase is close to completion.

View from the plaza, at night texts are projected onto the speech balloons
The museum will contain a multitude of interventions such as ground storage, natural ventilation and adiabatic cooling, all focused towards an excellent energy efficiency rating. The structural concept by Arup enhances the sustainable profile of the building: the aerodynamic design results in even wind pressure and lower need for air-conditioning. The box in box construction of the bubbles permits different conditions inside the building and improves the energy efficiency.

MVRDV won the competition of EMBT, Atelier Bow Wow, Tongji Institute of Architectural Design and Tsinghua Architectural Design. The MVRDV team consists further of Kossman.deJong exhibition architects, local architect Zhubo Architectural & Engineering Design, Arup engineers and JongeMeesters graphic design.

MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.

For information please contact public relations at MVRDV, Jan Knikker / Isabel Pagel

+31 10 477 2860 or pr@mvrdv.nl - www.mvrdv.nl

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