Shortlist revealed for £20 million River Thames permanent light installation

The six selected teams – including Adjaye Associates and AL_A – for the Illuminated River International Design Competition will now create concept lighting schemes for 17 bridges in London.

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The shortlist has been announced for a competition to design a permanent light installation on the River Thames.

The Illuminated River International Design Competition – backed by the Mayor of London and the Rothschild Foundation – will see one team develop concept lighting schemes for four famous London bridges: Westminster, Waterloo, London and Chelsea.

They will also design the masterplan for another 13 bridges between Albert and Tower Bridge.

The shortlist includes Adjaye Associates, AL_A, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Les Éclairagistes Associés, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Hejidens.

Design, engineering and architecture firms

The six finalists have been whittled down from over 100 multidisciplinary teams, made up of 346 individual design, engineering and architecture firms.

Hannah Rothschild, chair of the Illuminated River Foundation, says: “The final shortlist represents an exhilarating mix of talent, inspiration and design approach. In November the finalists’ concept designs will be unveiled, and London will have six possible visions of how the river – and the city – might be transformed after dark.”

After the concept designs go on display to the public in November, a jury made up ofsfigures including Lord Rothschild and Dame Julia Peyton-Jones will announce the overall winner in December.

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