Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, is an excellent example of the eclectic and refined style of the new English architecture of early 1700s. Donated by the Crown in 1722 to the Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the Palace is set in a beautiful park created by the famous landscape architect Lancelot "Capability" Brown and received a much-deserved inclusion among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987.
The British lighting design studio Lightmaster Direct has presented a lighting project related to the redevelopment of the Palace's old laundry area, which has become the new Visitor Centre in the East Courtyard: a reception desk, a café and a rich shopping space offer a moment of refreshment and relaxation to the over 550,000 visitors who every year come to the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. An innovative environment, which thanks to "an unusual, original idea that stands out from the crowd", in July 2012 won the prestigious Hudson's Heritage Award in the category of "Commercial Innovation."
A success to which the i-LèD brand of the Linea Light Group contributed through a proposal for lighting fixtures that met the needs of a modern lighting concept, in line with the ambition and prestige of the place. In fact, only LED devices were chosen, such as the Tury spotlight, Camal recessed ceiling fixtures and the Hat suspension lights over the bar.
The result is a lighting scenario that is effective, enhancing the different areas of the retail centre with the ability to steer the light beams on shelves and gondolas, but also comfortable: natural light is prevalent during the day, abundantly present thanks to the airy glass structure of the roof, while i-LèD lighting is used in the evenings, characterized by a warm white in harmony with the colour of the walls and wood furniture.

Blenheim Palace

Architect: Lightmaster direct ltd, Warwickshire

Technical Execution: Lightmaster direct ltd