Lighting control specialist Pharos Architectural Controls is celebrating after Hallgrímskirkja was named winner of the House of Worship category in the 2023 edition of the MONDO-DR awards. This adds to the growing list of Pharos accolades, having already won a number of other awards recently.
Organised by the team at MONDO-DR magazine, the MONDO-DR Awards recognise and celebrate the best installation projects from around the globe, as determined by a panel of independent and industry judges drawing on their years of experience.
The trophy was presented to the Pharos team at the awards ceremony on the 14th of June in Orlando, Florida.
Hallgrímskirkja is a world-famous landmark in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. The cathedral is instantly recognisable by its striking façade of descending pillars. As well as a place of worship, Hallgrímskirkja also hosts cultural events and is a popular tourist destination.
Pharos provided several solutions from its portfolio; specifically, two Pharos Designer LPC 2s (Lighting Playback Controller 2), and one Pharos Designer TPS (Touch Panel Station).
The lighting design comprises exterior lighting that grazes the façade, roof and tower with colour, including options to use colder tones to offset the warm lighting of the interior and clock tower. As well as providing light for general purposes, the external lighting is programmed to celebrate religious, national and international calendar events. This is achieved through both static and dynamic lighting scenes. While these special scenes are programmed in advance to align with these calendar dates, the lighting can also be controlled directly using the Pharos Designer TPS. The introduction of RGBW lighting has enhanced this, ensuring more visually pleasing effects that embrace colour, deliver an air of excitement and give a new lease of life to the public space around the structure.
Simon Hicks, CEO at Pharos Architectural Controls, commented: “We are delighted that Hallgrímskirkja has been recognised by achieving this amazing accolade. It has been an honour to work with a number of partners including Lighting Designers LISKA on this project. The dynamic lighting effects and level of control are possible through the use of Pharos technology, ensuring this award-winning structure can be seen across Reykjavik.”
Discover more about Hallgrímskirkja here.