Archer Humphryes Architects selected Applelec LED Light Sheet in RGB LED option to deliver a striking illuminated ceiling feature within the newly created store at the Penderyn Distillery, Wales.
Producing award-winning whisky, Penderyn Distillery is located within one of Swansea’s greatest historic sites, the world-famous Hafod Copperworks. Dating back to 1810, the site’s core Grade I listed building has been sympathetically reconstructed and repurposed to now house the Penderyn Distillery, where the new facilities are expected to welcome over 80,000 visitors a year for distillery tours and tasting events.
As part of the regeneration project is the newly created Penderyn Distillery shop, which centres around a large kiln structure. Emitting illumination from the kiln’s centre, the warm glow of light invites visitors into the space where they are greeted with a striking, illuminated ceiling feature. Lit with Applelec LED Light Sheet, the light panel was specified at a vast 2930mm diameter and created in a circular shape to precisely mirror the round structure of the kiln.
Requiring complex manufacture, Applelec LED Light Sheet was engineered with a series of circular apertures to enable empty whisky bottles to slot into the openings to create a unique and modern chandelier esque light installation. Specified in RGB LED option, the light panel was programmed to display an amber-yellow hue, creating the impression the hung bottles are filled with Penderyn whisky. Factoring in the light fixture’s surroundings, Archer Humphryes Architects used Applelec LED Light Sheet without a diffuser, where the light panel’s visible grid pattern helped to tie in with the industrial aesthetics of the space.
Howard Jones project director at Archer Humphryes Architects said: ‘The light installation featured a number of complexities not only for the design concept but also the size requirement. Having worked with Applelec Lighting and their Applelec LED Light Sheet before, we knew the light panel would deliver a flawless finish and be able to accommodate the ambitious and bespoke design.’
[Image credit Archer Humphryes Architects]