Bexhill Road Project – Selencky Parsons architects uses Industville lights

Selencky Parsons architects recently unveiled their latest project, Bexhill Road, showcasing remarkable design concepts alongside impactful lighting solutions from Industville.

Join us as we ask some questions to Sam Selencky, Director, Selencky Parsons architects and Mara Rypacek Miller Managing Director, Industville Ltd.

Q: Can you tell us more about the Bexhill Road project?

A: Bexhill Road is an interesting architectural design, with its focal point being the captivating coral pod – a transformation of a derelict space into a striking architectural marvel. This pod not only defines spaces, but also introduces a playful coral hue, showcasing how ambitious design can seamlessly marry practicality to create spaces that captivate and function seamlessly.

Q: The coral pod is interesting, why did you design that part specifically?

A: Our design philosophy emphasizes introducing subtle surprises within a space. The coral pod, with its vibrant aesthetics, became the visual anchor, adding a burst of colour without overshadowing the core design. It’s a celebration of the unexpected within the carefully curated space of Bexhill Road.

Q: Were there any successes/challenges?

A: Success in design often navigates a rocky road. In the case of Bexhill Road, initial setbacks, such as the contractor folding midway, presented challenges. However, creative problem-solving, including adapting materials like Forcrete for the pod, underscored our dedication to delivering innovative solutions in the face of adversity.

Q: For this project, obviously the lighting stands out quite a bit. What was your process behind the fitting?

A: The search for a lighting feature that seamlessly complements the double-height dining space without overshadowing the design cube led us to Industville lights. Their industrial aesthetic struck the perfect balance between subtlety and richness, providing a multi-layered lighting feature that enhances the ambience without detracting from the overall design.

Q: Is lighting something that you consider quite a lot for all your projects, or some more than others?

A: Lighting holds a pivotal role in all our projects. It contributes to texture, highlights key features, and creates focal points. It is an integral element in our design palette, influencing the atmosphere and functionality of each space.

Q: How do you work sustainability into your designs/projects?

A: Sustainability is woven into the fabric of our designs, varying based on project specifics and client preferences. Fundamental aspects such as insulation, triple glazing, and the incorporation of air source heat pumps exemplify our commitment to environmentally conscious design choices.

Q: Does the budget have a significant impact on the design style and how big or small you can go?

A: Budget constraints present challenges, but transparency and realistic cost estimates guide our design process. We believe good design transcends expense, often requiring creative solutions to maximise the potential of a project without compromising its integrity.

What are your top three tips for achieving the perfect lighting design?

  1. Consider Functionality: First and foremost, lighting should serve its purpose. Whether it’s task lighting for a study area, mood lighting for a living room, or accent lighting to highlight artwork, always consider the function of each space and plan your lighting accordingly.
  2. Layer Your Lighting: Do not rely on a single light source for any room. Combine ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a balanced, flexible lighting scheme.  Layering different types of lighting adds depth and character to your space, allowing you to alter the ambience depending on the time of day, mood, or activity.
  3. Experiment with Control: Take advantage of dimmers, smart light bulbs, and lighting apps to gain greater control over your lighting. This allows you to adjust brightness levels, colour temperatures, and even colours, helping create the perfect atmosphere for any situation. Experimentation is key when it comes to achieving the perfect lighting design.

Catch a glimpse of Selencky-Parsons’ Extraordinary Extensions. For a comprehensive showcase, visit their website.