NEWS: Hoare Lea scoops design visualisation award

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Accurate lighting visualisation specialist praised for Cumberland Suite Art Gallery project

Hoare Lea received the Visualisation Award at the Society of British and International Design (SBID) Awards 2016 for the Cumberland Suite Art Gallery, Hampton Court Palace.

Hoare Lea’s winning project comprised a series of visualisations which showed the proposed refurbishment and the lighting scheme designed to illuminate both the paintings and the interior space of the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

This dedicated space allows visitors to view artworks from the Royal Collection in a stunning setting, which reflects the Palace’s history as a destination for the work of artists such as Holbein, Caravaggio and Gainsborough.

With architects and designers Purcell, Hoare Lea Lighting developed a scheme to illuminate the paintings, while minimising impact on the sensitive building fabric. Hoare Lea CGI combined its expertise in the niche area of accurate lighting visualisation, with a mastery of 3D modelling and physically-based rendering tools (such as 3ds Max and Vray) to create photo-realistic visuals. The resulting visualisations accurately represented the final, relit Gallery and proved highly effective in communicating design ideas and showing how the Gallery would look.

The SBID Awards are regarded as one of the highest accolades of interior design excellence, celebrating outstanding projects from the industry.

Karam Bhamra of Hoare Lea CGI said: “It means a lot to us to have the quality of our work recognised by the judges. We didn’t think we would win as this is the first time we have entered the SBID Awards and the standard in the category is really high… we are absolutely delighted!”

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