Aspire Tower wins best exterior lighting project at MELDA

Aspire Tower in Qatar scoops the award for best exterior lighting project at the 2008 Middle East Lighting Design Awards (MELDA).

Aspire Tower in Qatar has won the award for best exterior lighting project at the 2008 Middle East Lighting Design Awards (MELDA).

The project, designed by Kevan Shaw of Edinburgh-based Kevan Shaw Lighting Design, was commended in particular for its use of sustainable technology by the judging panel.

The tower, constructed for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, is lit by energy-efficient LEDs. The lighting is intelligently controlled so that current to the LEDs is reduced during periods of high ambient temperature, protecting the lighting from damage.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, George Katodrytis said that Aspire Tower was "a true night icon, with an everlasting Olympic flame."

Shaw's award reflects the growing importance of sustainability in lighting design. Awards keynote speaker, Ravi Koul of electronics giant Philips, called for lighting designers to specify more environmentally friendly designs to decrease global energy usage. By doing so, energy usage could be reduced by up to 20%, he said.

The winners in full:

Public Buildings - Jonathan Spiers, Spiers and Major Associates, for Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Exterior - Kevan Shaw, Kevan Shaw Lighting Design, for Aspire Tower, Qatar

Hospitality and Leisure - Alan Mitchell, neolight design, for Four Seasons Golf Resort

Restaurants and Bars - Barry Hannaford, Katayoon Heidari, DPA, for Junsui, Burj Al Arab

Temporary Installations - Matthieu Larivee, Luz Lighting Design, for Chantel Live at the Pyramids

Luminaires and Supporting Technology - Living Colour, Royal Philips Electronics

Project of the Year - Jonathan Spiers, Spiers and Major Associates, for Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

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