A unique project featuring Concord luminaires has won a BBC News vote to find its readers’ favourite building on this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist. The ‘Outhouse’ project won 30% of the vote thanks to its innovative design and energy efficient credentials. 

Concord, the architectural lighting specialist, has worked with architects Loyn & Co, M&E Consultants Vitec and Forest Eco Systems, a full-service M&E installation and eco-building specialist, to create a truly stunning home in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The ‘Outhouse’ sits within four acres and has panoramic views of the Wye Valley, and sits within an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Its modern interior features a number of Concord’s stylish and energy efficient LED luminaires including Beacon Muse, LyteLab and Glace that enhance the living space and provide working studio areas.

“The proposal involved replacing the existing house, with a new highly sustainable, energy efficient dwelling,” comments James Stroud, project designer, from Loyn & Co. “The brief was to create a live-work dwelling specific to both the site and to the client’s needs. This included their passion for the landscape and environment along with their requirement for two artist’s studios and a gallery like space. The building was to be contemporary and to respond sensitively and yet positively to the site, creating a timeless, quality architectural solution which will contribute both to the immediate locality and to the wider rural area in general.”

For Loyn & Co the natural environment played an important part of its design and the dwelling is actually cut into the slope of the hillside, with the field above becoming a highly insulated roof for the property. The footprints of the three existing buildings have been used as the outside courtyard spaces and are now surrounded by the new the interior space, which includes a central gallery and studios. The inside is now outside, the outside is now inside hence the project’s working title ‘Inside Outside House’.

Supplementing natural daylight, the lighting products have been specifically chosen to create the desired ambience within the living spaces, gallery and also deliver the required light levels for working areas. For example, in the artist studios adjustable beam and dimmable 3000k colour temperature Concord Lytelab spotlights have been installed, alongside Lumiance Lumipanel 4000k LED panels, to provide balanced illumination suitable for creating delicate works of art.

Meanwhile, in the gallery spaces Concord Beacon Muse 3000k LED fixtures highlight the stunning pictures on display, utilising an optic system which offers the flexibility for wide flood 65˚ beam angle which can be adjusted down to a 10˚ spot without the need for additional lenses or reflectors, ideal for illuminating varying sized paintings, in highly individual applications.

The living areas feature the Concord Glace dimmable pendant luminaires and Lumiance Inset Trend recessed downlights incorporating Sylvania’s RefLED 360 lumen lamps to provide a striking yet comfortable environment in keeping with the overall design.

Finally, the entrance is lit by the Concord Cassini, which is IP65 rated, resistant to dust and water ingress making it perfect for the transition spaces between outside and inside.

“This is no ordinary home and, due to its architectural design, the Concord products complement the design perfectly,” comments James. “We have achieved our goal of creating an energy efficient home and work space.”

The new home incorporates sustainable technologies such as whole house ventilation with ground to air heat exchanger, solar thermal, photo voltaics and rainwater harvesting. Upon completion the house recorded airtightness of 0.49 h-1@50Pa well below the threshold for Passivhaus standards.

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About Concord from Feilo Sylvania

The Concord brand is part of the Feilo Sylvania Group and is one of Europe’s most respected Architectural lighting brands.  With a strong manufacturing base in the UK, Concord is renowned for its strong design ethos, high technical performance and aesthetic form. Concord focuses on bringing lighting solutions to meet the needs of architects and lighting designers.  

Concord’s innovative portfolio is one of the most comprehensive on the market, encompassing track and spot, downlights, ambient lighting, recessed and linear solutions for a variety of application segments. Concord provides segment specific lighting application advice; and the entire product range is underpinned by in-house technical expertise, from optical system design through to photometric measurement and testing.

Concord’s best in class range of LED luminaires have won many prestigious design awards and industry accolades in recent years. During 2013, Concord Glace has won the Best Interior Luminaire at the Lighting Design Awards and been a finalist at the Lux Awards and the FX Awards. Concord Lytelab received a five-star review in Lux magazine’s tests, Concord Beacon Minor was a finalist at the FX Awards and Concord Officelyte incorporating Organic Response has won the 2014 Lighting Design Awards.

About Feilo Sylvania

Formed in January 2016, Feilo Sylvania is 80% owned by Shanghai Feilo Acoustics Co., Ltd, which is principally engaged in the manufacture and distribution of lighting equipment. Headquartered in Shanghai, Shanghai Feilo Acoustics Co Ltd was founded in 1984 and is China’s first joint-stock company (SH 600651). The company reorganised its M&A on a large scale in 2014 and became a joint enterprise comprising companies including Shanghai Yaming Lighting Co Ltd, Beijing Shen’an Group as well as Shanghai Sunlight Enterprise Co Ltd. With the acquisition of Havells Sylvania, Feilo has gained manufacturing bases, logistics centres, R&D technology centres around the world, as well as market access in 48 countries.

Feilo Sylvania is a leading, full-spectrum provider of professional and architectural lighting solutions. Built on over a century of expertise in lamps and luminaires, Feilo Sylvania supplies internationally state-of-the art products and systems to the public, commercial and private sectors. Feilo Sylvania strives to deliver the finest products, service and consulting possible. All over the world, people rely on group business divisions: Concord, Lumiance and Sylvania, for top quality, energy-efficient solutions to suit their individual lighting needs.