Designers battle to light London's river bridges

The shortlist has been revealed for the Illuminated River project, which plans to create new lighting schemes for all 17 central London bridges.

105 entries were submitted, half of those coming from abroad, making the competition a truly international one.

Those on the list, which includes architecture and design firm AL_A, Adjaye Associates and US lighting architectural practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will now be invited to draw up conceptual proposals for Westminster, Waterloo, London and Chelsea bridges, plus a master-plan for the entire project. 

The full list includes:

Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants, who helped in the organisation of the competition said of the announcement: ‘This shortlist brims with promise; these teams are at the intersection of art, architecture,

This competition is a really exciting opportunity; the shortlisted design teams will now have their work showcased in a world-class cultural city.

Sadiq Khan - Mayor of London

technology, engineering, film and literature. They have put together fascinating combinations of skills and we expect great things of them.’

A winner will be announced in December following an exhibition of the designs in contention and the judges include Rothschild foundation chair Jacob Rothschild and the head of culture at City Hall Ralph Rugoff.

The project marks the first time that the lighting of all the central London bridges has been combined together into one coordinated public scheme.

Several of the central London crossings – including Chelsea Bridge, the Golden Jubilee Footbridges and London Bridge – already have lighting schemes, although there is currently no coordinated public art strategy for all of them.

The Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan commented on the plans: ‘This competition is a really exciting opportunity; the shortlisted design teams will now have their work showcased in a world-class cultural city. It’s fantastic that submissions have come from so many different countries; the competition shows that London is open to talent from all around the globe.’

  • You can learn more about new lighting projects at this year's Lux Live. The exhibition will take place at ExCeL   London on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 24 November and entrance is free if you pre-register at www.luxlive.co.uk

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