Brief – The client had obtained planning permission to convert a Grade
ll listed barn in to a 3 bedroom house with a large open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen plus TV room and study. The kitchen was located in the centre of the main living area with large central atrium rising up to the roof approximately 7 metres above the ground floor. The original Oak joists and beams were exposed and provided for a very dramatic living space. The challenge presented to Aura Designworks was to come up with a lighting design that complimented this environment. As there were numerous entrance points to the barn it was requested that a lighting control system be used which allowed the lights to be controlled from any area of the house and very importantly a master control was required for the main bedroom.
Project – The main living area which included the 7m high atrium provided the most interesting challenge as only a few new wall beams were straight and we were not allowed to drill in to or through the original structure. Although the client wished to highlight the frame work of the barn they wanted a lighting that was aesthetically pleasing and provided a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. In order to fulfil our brief we believed that we needed a chandelier for the atrium which became part of the building rather than a singularity. The solution was a black and gold chandelier which blended beautifully with its surroundings. For the lounge and dining room areas which had lower ceilings smaller versions were selected as the central features. Decorative lighting circuits were installed for the Tiffany floor and table lamps. The walls however required simple slim wall lights which did not look out of place in spaces that varied dramatically in width due to the twisting beams. In order to provide the client with the control they required we specified the Mode Evolution lighting control system. This gave them the full flexibility they required internally and externally. In addition to the lighting we were requested to source rugs and some glass art for the different areas.