Winner: Architectural lighting design 2020. Light Bureau has created the architectural lighting for a restaurant that has been partially submerged in southern Norway.
The design's coarse concrete structure makes it easy for mussels to cling to its surface, acting as an artificial reef, whilst unique subsea lighting scenarios attract marine life, which help rinse the sea water and increase biodiversity.
The interior lighting ensures a warm and intimate experience inside the restaurant, without disturbing the view of the wonders beneath the sea, while the exterior subsea lighting makes various species of marine wildlife visible from inside the restaurant.
Judges comments: "The project creates a magical experience for visitors. It’s hard to think about the impact of underground light, not to mention the complications of making this project work, but the idea of factoring in the seascape, feels like a real collaboration with nature."
Designer: Light Bureau