St Edward's is the leading co-educational boarding and day school situated in Oxford, offering first class education for children aged 13-18. The school's thriving reputation in art has gone from strength to strength since the opening of The North Wall Art Centre 10 years ago.
The purpose-built home for drama, art and dance extended its reach way beyond the school and attracts over 20,000 visitors a year. A new addition to the school's vibrant and ambitious art scene is the newly built Ogston Music School, a brand new £7m development named after the principal contributor, Hamish Ogston. Designed by Tim Ronalds Architects, the new music school has ambitious plans to establish itself at a national level. The new facility also features 20 practice rooms, 7 ensemble rooms, a recording studio and rock room.
Working alongside the engineers at Max Fordham, we supported the design team with product specification for the rehearsal room. The minimalist design of the space was calling for lighting that would not take center stage, but would provide
excellent quality lighting to enhance the music performance.
The brief for the product specification was suspended cylindrical lighting that would be capable of comfortable accent lighting with low glare. Equipped with world class acoustics, the pyramid-shaped rehearsal room was fitted with the suspended cylinder-shaped luminaire, Sett in a custom grey beige RAL colour.
The Sett suspended is the perfect balance between efficient, quality light and a subtle design statement. The user is free to adjust the LED light source with its two axis’s, for 30° tilt, ideal for music rehearsal rooms.
The new music school opened its doors for the first time at the start of the term. The magnificent rehearsal space is able to seat up to 120 people.
The new lighting was delivered and installed in time for the inauguration ceremony on the 20th March 2017.