Durham, UK

Palatine Centre

In the Dark

The building sits in a prominent position at the top of the hill behind the Cathedral and Castle. This led to a requirement by the planners that despite the glazed façade and atrium roof, the lighting design and control of the lighting must not dominate the night sky and particularly the Cathedral and Castle.

  • Services

    Architectural Lighting Design

  • Sectors


  • Client

    Durham University

  • Architect


Quiet nights out

All areas of the university have been subtly lit such that the architectural form is uninterrupted. The low visual impact of the lighting also satisfies the need to keep the building dark and to limit light pollution. The internal lighting is brighter as it needs to be, to manage the internal lighting from spilling in the night sky, the blinds automatically close at dusk.

Entrance View from the Main Road

Imagery © Kristen McCluskie