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Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

In Edinburgh, the Scottish Parliament has been built to the plans of Enric Miralles. The extremely polymorph architecture placed the highest demands on the lighting design and lighting technology.

Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

In 1997, the Scots successfully fought for their own parliament via a referendum - after almost 300 years of administration from the distant city of London. The architectural competition was won by the Catalan-national Enric Miralles (EMBT, Barcelona). His design for the irregularly shaped site in Edinburgh used the sympathetic metaphor of a harbour bay full of boats. Despite many adversities and tragic events - Miralles died in 2000, in the middle of the implementation planning - the parliament building was successfully completed and opened in 2004. This is due in no small way to the professionalism of the London-based architectural offices of RMJM. A collage of diversity with organic-looking details characterises the building’s appearance.

Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

In the plenary chamber, approximately 200 Stella spotlights with Vario-lenses for 150W HIT-CE metal halide lamps master the balancing act between a media-friendly, high illuminance level and visual comfort for the members of parliament. The position and direction of the spotlights, which are pendant-mounted to the ceiling structure, were decided on by the designers in advance with the help of ERCO virtual luminaires and powerful simulation software.

Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

The conference halls for political parties and commissions are as multifaceted as the rest of the architecture and therefore each demand their own individual lighting concepts. Various types of spotlights on ERCO 3-circuit track solved the lighting tasks here with great flexibility: from concentrated sessions without public access to turbulent press conferences.

Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

In the public foyer of the parliament, with its expressively shaped concrete vaulting, a permanent exhibition informs on the history of the institution. Pollux low-voltage halogen spotlights, mounted on 3-circuit track in recessed ceiling channels, lift the exhibits out of the half-light of the foyer.

Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

In the cafeteria and the lobbies, the lighting also takes on a decorative component: the glass cylinders of the freely arranged Starpoint downlights create points of light which correspond to the curvaceous shape of the ceiling panels. At the same time, the recessed luminaires fitted with low-voltage halogen lamps provide a brilliant, yet pleasant light.

Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh.
www.scottish.parliament.uk

Address:
Visitor Services
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Tel. +44 131 348 5200

Architects

EMBT Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue
Joan Callis, Project Management
Karl Unglaub, Supervising Architect.
www.mirallestagliabue.com

RMJM Scotland Ltd., Edinburgh
www.rmjm.co.uk/

Lighting design

Office for Visual Interaction (OVI), New York (USA): Jean M. Sundin, Enrique Peiniger
www.oviinc.com

Total area:
30,000m²