News

September 2019

Skira’s Lecture and Retrospective Exhibition “Svjetlosne godine/ Light Years” at ILA Conference

We cordially invite you to Dean’s lecture open to public which will be held at the Marine Casino on September 19th 2019, starting at 6 pm. Visit our retrospective exhibition Light Years (1990-2020). The lecture and the exhibition are part of the program of the 16th ILA International Conference. The exhibition is open to all visitors from 18th to 20th September.

We are looking forward to your arrival!
SKIRA

#skiralighting #skiralightyears

August 2019

Dean Skira Earns Prestigious CLD Certification

Dean Skira has earned the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD), the first international, evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design.  Dean is among the first lighting designers in the world to earn the new international certification, which demonstrates that he has a proven track record of excellence and has successfully validated their skill to a rigorous assessment process that define high standards of professional practice.

The certification process, governed by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, is designed to assess ability to operate as a lead architectural lighting designer in a professional and proficient manner by considering a person’s imaginative, technical, and professional responsibility skills.

“We congratulate Dean on earning the CLD. This global benchmark of performance demonstrates his proficiency in developing, guiding, and completing lighting design projects,” said David Becker, Chair of the Certified Lighting Design Commission.

August 2019

Skira at the 10th LEDForum in Brasil

In 2012, Dean was invited to give a lecture at the 3rd LEDForum, and now he’s heading back to give another one on 16th of August at the 10th LEDForum in Sao Paolo, Brasil. The conference will gather worldwide lighting professionals, full program and more info on www.ledforum.com.br

August 2019

Evolution Tower Awarded with the IES Award of Excellence

Skira received the IES Award of Excellence for the Evolution Tower project in the Energy and Environmental Lighting Design Category on 8th August 2019 in Louisville, USA.

The Energy and Environmental Design Award recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design. We are proud and honored to have been selected by the jury, as the only project in this category while the investor is a company that deals with energy sources.

We would like to thank all our partners on the project, especially the investor Transneft, contractor ICP Велесстрой and interior architects IQ and Studio of architecture and design Elforma, manufacturers iGuzzini and Lutron Electronics for their trust and collaboration. 

Congratulations to all participants and winners of this distinguished award!

July 2019

Skira is special partner to ILA annual conference

We are proud to announce that Skira is a special partner to International Light Association‘s 16th annual conference which will be held from 18th to 20th September 2019 in our hometown Pula. Many international experts will gather at the Marine Casino venue to discuss topics on light, health, and wellbeing. Dr. Jacob Liberman and Dean Skira will give lectures open to the public so save the date and come to Pula in September. The conference will be held at the same time as Visualia Festival so there will be great programs dedicated to light during these days and nights.

Book the conference early bird tickets until 15th July. Exhibitors can book their stand to present their services and products to a local and international audience. Members of Croatian Lighting Society (HDR) can benefit from special price entry as partners of the conference.
For further info refer to > > www.international-light-association.org

June 2019

Short summer holidays 2019

Dear all, our offices will be closed from 20th to 25th June 2019 due to national holidays, so we’ll take a short break and will be back in the office next Wednesday. Happy holidays!

May 2019

Dean Skira will hold a webinar for Signify: Is Lighting Design Timeless?

Live on Thursday June 20, 2019 4:00 PM CET

Technological disruption changed the way we think about lighting and lighting design, but did we forget what we’ve learned in the last 100 years. When will product design and production begin with the word ‘quality’ and not ‘price’? Whose fault is it? Attend this webinar presented by Dean Skira who will force us to think hard on such topics.

This talk is actually not about answers, it’s about questions which new generations should ask themselves at the beginning of their careers and maybe one day be the leaders of the profession and not followers.

Register here.

April 2019

Dean Skira’s DL Design Talk at Milano Design Week

During the #MilanoDesignWeek don’t miss Dean‘s Design Talk this Friday 12/4/2019 5.30 PM – 7.30 PM! Save your spot on time and register here https://www.deltalight.com/en/milan2019.

March 2019

Dean is confirmed speaker at the PLDC 2019 convention

Dean Skira will hold a lecture on 25th October 2019 as a confirmed speaker at the PLDC convention in Rotterdam.

February 2019

Dean Skira confirmed speaker at the Dynamic Light Final conference in Wismar

Dean Skira will hold a lecture “Digitalisation and Lighting Design ” as a confirmed speaker at the INTERREG Central Europe Dynamic Light Final conference in Wismar.

26.+27.3.2019, Hochschule Wismar

January 2019

Evolution Tower Inaugurated in Moscow City

The grand opening of the Evolution tower, the new Transneft headquarters, will be held in Moscow on 31st January 2019.

We are honored and proud to have been a part of this major project and would like to thank the investor Transneft, contractor ICP Велесстрой and interior architects IQ and Studio of architecture and design Elforma, manufacturers iGuzzini and Lutron Electronics for their trust and collaboration which resulted with a beautiful and elegant dynamic facade, interior design and the most energy-efficient office building in Asia with an operational load of just 4.8 W/sqm on an installed load of 12W/sqm.

January 2019

Dean Skira to hold a lecture at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Dean will hold a lecture at 11 am on 18th January 2019 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. Education in the field of lighting design is especially important since there are still no specialized studies in Croatia in this important field.

 

December 2018

Happy holidays!

Skira Tribe wishes you a very happy and successful New Year! Looking forward to all the lighting adventures in 2019. We’ll make a short break from 24th December to 2nd January.

Monument to first Croatian President Illuminated by Skira

Monument to first Croatian President Franjo Tuđman was unveiled in the capital city on 10th December 2018. A four-meter-high sculpture was created by sculptor Kuzma Kovačić. The lighting design aimed to add a touch of elegance in the urban environment during nighttime.

November 2018

POLESANO HIGHLY COMMENDED AT LUX AWARDS 2018

Polesano designed by Dean Skira was highly commended by the judges in the Exterior Luminaire of the Year category at this year’s LUX Awards held at the InterContinental O2 in London on Thursday 15 November 2018.

Barcelona
October 2018

Dean Skira is confirmed speaker at the IALD conference in Barcelona

The IALD Enlighten Europe 2018 conference will be held in Barcelona from 7th until 9th November. Dean will hold a lecture on Lighting 4C presenting his particular experiences and thoughts on creativity, complexity, contradictions and consequences, and the question of courage.

Dean Skira
October 2018

Interview „A wizard of Light“ published in the Autumn Edition of Croatia Airlines Inflight Magazine

The latest issue of Croatia Airlines, a Star Alliance member, Inflight Magazine introduced Dean’s work and his awarded projects. Hope the travelers will discover some interesting details and enjoy his interview while flying safely to their destinations across the globe.

Dezeen
September 2018

Polesano designed by Dean Skira for Delta Light presented on Dezeen

Dezeen.com

Dean Skira explains how his Polesano street lamp for Delta Light can be used to light a multitude of different urban settings in this movie Dezeen filmed for the Belgian lighting brand.

Motovun
September 2018

Motovun project revealed to the public and to the Mayor of this exceptional town

One of the most demanding projects designed lately is surely Motovun public and decorative lighting project called „ The new light of Motovun“. The concept was publicly presented and accepted by the Mayor of Motovun. The Medieval town in Istria has a very recognizable town view and the decision is to have it enlighten and visible after sunset.

Weekend Media Festival
September 2018

Dean Skira attends as speaker the 11th Weekend Media Festival

Dean Skira is attending the panel discussion “Let there be Light” at the Weekend Media Festival. Lighting designer with an extensive international professional experience in designing with light will share his opinion with another panelist. The panel discussion is moderated by TV journalist Damir Smrtic.

Eggo Trick
September 2018

Lighting installation Eggo Trick presented at the Festival of Lights in Pula

The newest Dean Skira’s lighting installation called Eggo Trick represents the form of a classical chandelier while candles as light sources are replaced by the modern and innovative Trick luminaires which produce 360 degree graphical light lines.

Lux Awards
September 2018

Polesano shortlisted for the LUX Awards 2018

Polesano by Dean Skira designed for Delta Light is shortlisted for the LUX Awards 2018 Exterior Luminaire of the Year -the year’s most ground-breaking exterior light fitting!

IA45
August 2018

IES Illumination Award 2018 goes to Hendrix Bridge project!

We are proud to be listed among top fourteen projects from all over the globe and awarded with highest-level honors in the 2018 IES Illumination Awards program! The IES Illumination Special Citation Award for Hendrix Bridge was collected in Boston last week by our dear friend Rino De Simone.

Croatian Pavilion
August 2018

Skira illuminated the Croatian Pavillion at Biennale Architettura 2018

Skira illuminated the “CLOUD PERGOLA / THE ARCHITECTURE OF HOSPITALITY” at the Croatian Pavilion – a collaborative site-specific environment conceived by the pavilion curator, Bruno Juričić. The lighting design concept was based on Pergola’s purpose, showing how the sunlight changes and influences the ambiance from dawn till dusk.

Paris
May 2018

Dean speaks at the LMVH Life in Stores conference

Dean Skira presented a newly developed product and held a lecture “About the Capacity of the Lighting Industry to Innovate” in Paris.
The product exhibition and conference “Life in Stores” is organized by the global leader in luxury LVMH and this year it’s dedicated to latest innovations in LED lighting.

UPC
March 2018

Dean Skira held a lecture on 14th March 2018 in Barcelona

Dean Skira held a lecture at the UPC Master’s degree of Lighting Design course for professionals. The students started the Master in November, their second project is the lighting of an urban-natural space. This project started in January and ended with Dean’s  final correction with the teachers Michella Mezzavilla and Maria Guell.

Talent.upc.edu

Eggo Trick
March 2018

Lighting installation Eggo Trick presented at the Festival of Lights in Zagreb

The newest Dean Skira’s lighting installation called Eggo Trick represents the form of a classical chandelier while candles as light sources are replaced by the modern and innovative Trick luminaires which produce 360 degree graphical light lines.

Zagreb
January 2018

Hendrix Bridge project published in Lux review

One of the bridges, the green railway bridge is very special for the citizens. A long time ago some brave graffiti artist who happened to be fans of Jimmy Hendrix wrote HENDRIX on the center of the 300-meter long supporting steel beam about 30 meters above the river. Since then the Green Bridge it has been called the Hendrix Bridge. The idea was to enhance the steel structure using linear white light, following the form of the beams or columns. Simply light that shows its existence at night. But when the train approaches, a radar registers the moving machine and the lighting of the bridge shut down. The bridge disappears. The train becomes the protagonist and the central moving object. RGB reflectors carefully positioned to light up both sides of the train switch on. Colored light follows the train and once the train is gone, all the colors disappear and the simple white light illuminates the green bridge again. The colorful dynamic light can be seen by chance or if you follow the train schedule. The lighting effect was designed to emphasize the main function of this bridge, which is the railroad traffic.

Luxereview.com

Watch our video made by Danijel Bartolic and edited by Marin Juranic on our youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkAtvnXGKM8

London Calling
November 2017

Dean Skira’s Polesano global launch in London

Polesano pole developed with Delta Light was launched on 23rd November in London.

Polesano is the result of the first collaboration between Delta Light and Dean Skira. The goal was to develop a new lighting concept designed specifically for urban settings, whether it is a pedestrian pathway, roadway, park, square, façade or landscape. The concept needed to provide maximum flexibility for the designer while maintaining the same aesthetic for the entire system, regardless of the area.

Delta Light

PLDC
November 2017

Dean Skira speaker at PLDC 2017

PLDC PARIS Palais des Congres de Paris Porte Mailliot

Dean Skira held his lecture at 10:15, for a fresh start of the Saturday edition at the #PLDC Convention. Find out more about transillumination (lighting for transportation structures and designing structures that transport light) and its meanings in contemporary lighting for infrastructural projects.

Pallazo Mantova
October 2017

Mantova’s manneristic castle Te lighting design concept revealed

The city of Mantua, situated on the far side of the Po, built in the middle of a marshland lake has its own Palazzo del Te. The palace was built on an island in 1524 by the famous architect Giulio Romano, in the manneristic spirit of the XVI century. It was envisioned as a suburban villa for pleasure and relaxation for the Marquess of Mantua Federico II Gonzaga modeled on Roman villa Farnesina, back then it was surrounded by water. This fine example of the mannerist style is decorated with numerous works of art and a part of the Palazzo today is a museum which contains a collection of Mesopotamian art.

Twisted
September 2017

Twisted lighting installation winner of Darc Art Awards

https://issuu.com/mondiale/docs/arc_100/122ISSUU

The lighting installation TWISTED is created as a site-specific object which is enhanced with RGB lines integrated into the supporting structure of the pavilion. This installation is experimenting  with people’s perception of movement and their sense of space while walking through unusual spiral surfaces. The shape of the object, the lighting and the haze are the key elements which influence the spatial orientation making this walk an unique experience.

Peru
June 2017

Dean Skira held a lecture at the Arquitetura y Luz conference in Lima, Peru

Together with Mark Major (Speirs+Major, UK), Rafael Gallego (Aureolighting) and Claudia Paz (Claudia Paz Lighting Studio) Dean Skira attended the first Peruvian international lighting design conference Arquitectura y Luz arquitecturayluz.com. The conference was held on 8th and 9th June at the University of Lima in Peru.

Skira's roundabout project
May 2017

Skira’s roundabout project officialy inaugurated on 3rd May 2017

The biggest roundabout in Croatia has a surface area of 15,000 square meters and it marks the main entrance to the City of Pula. Obviously, because of its size this turned out to be a very unusual infrastructural project. The object of illumination was clearly missing, and simply placing regular poles for street lighting purposes was not a satisfactory solution for this project – an architectural construction needed to be invented for the purpose of lighting. This roundabout is, in fact, an efficient rainwater drainage system so it was only natural to include water as one of the main elements besides light in the project solution. The drivers and pedestrians mainly see the outer ring so the aesthetics were based on an elegant, circular construction of 340 white poles, a sort of crown that releases water vapor collected in this drainage system, which is then colored by light beams of all nuances and intensities creating a spectacular sight.

Watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdAlNXCERWg

Polesano
April 2017

Dean Skira’s Polesano presented at the Milano Design Week

Polesano is a very new concept in lighting instruments developed with Delta Light designed specifically for urban setting being a pedestrian pathway, vehicle street, park, square or landscape. It provides total flexibility for designer or specifier to create his own set of different optics according to a specific area by keeping the same aesthetics of the entire system. Its modularity and flexibility ask for personal involvement of the designer to create his unique set of luminaires or other elements within the existing form of this “device”. Integrating video surveillance, Wi-Fi, speakers or some other IoT unit is a next step in the development of Polesano.

Eurasia tunnel project
February 2017

Eurasia team to hold a lecture dedicated to Eurasia tunnel project

Dean Skira, Dino Krizmanic, Leonid Zuban and Berislav Medić held a lecture at the ORIS House of Architecture in Zagreb on 9th February at 7 pm. The lecture was dedicated to the Eurasia tunnel project realised in Istanbul in December 2016.

International Lighting Fixture Design Conference
February 2017

Dean Skira is the keynote speaker at the International Lighting Fixture Design Conference

Dean Skira will hold a lecture as the keynote speaker on 22nd February 2017 at 2.30 pm at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London.  Don’t miss his thoughts on “How to create luminaires with unbreakable specs”. Check out for more information Lightingfixturedesign.com.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSQr7Txi63M

February 2017

Dean Skira held a lecture at the Lights in Goa Conference

Listen to Dean Skira talk about Developing an Own Lighting Design Philosophy on 3rd February in Goa, India. Find out more about this conference.

Bright 2

Architectural Illumination and Light Installations

Frame Publishers
©2015 Frame Publishers, Amsterdam

Publisher / Frame Publishers
Production / Carmel McNamara
Authors / Carmel McNamara and Ana Martins
Design / Marielle van Genderen and Federica Ricci

The use of light and illumination in architecture and design is currently evolving and making an increasingly significant impact in various creative disciplines. Today, architects use light installations to create a different night-time identity for buildings that allow for additional functions and presentations. Light is also important for designers who use it to illuminate locations, or conjure works of art, forms and images in commercial or cultural contexts. In short: light is a magical medium for creative experimentation that today’s designers are using to produce a broad spectrum of exciting work.

My light

Dean Skira

©2010 Lupetti- Editori di Comunicazione

Publisher / Arhitekst and Lupetti
Editor / Tamara Zamelli
Consultant / Andrija Rusan
Design and layout / Tatjana Malnar Pocrnić
Revision and proofreading/ Nick Saywell
Translation / Lidija Zoldoš, Daniela Bilić Rojnić

Published in Croatia by Arhitekst and in Italy by Lupetti  Editori di Comunicazione, with the preface of Piero Castiglioni, the book presents the story  of Dean Skira’s lighting design through his projects and testimonies of his collaborators during the last two decades of architectural lighting experience.
For purchase please contact info@skira.hr.

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture

Publication in the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, 2008.
The only resource of its kind, The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture contains, in a single volume, over 1,000 of the most outstanding works of architecture built since 2000. The House of light is among them.

Exhibitions, conferences & lectures

Confirmed Speaker PLDC, Rotterdam (October 2019)

Confirmed Speaker ILA, Pula (September 2019)

 10°LED Forum, Sao Paolo, Brasil (August 2019)

Signify Webinar (June 2019)

Dynamic Light Conference, Wismar (2019)

IALD Conference, Barcelona (2018)

Weekend Media Festival, Rovinj (2018)

Astronomical Centre, Rijeka (2018)

Life in Stores, LVMH, Paris (2018)

UPC Master Lighting, Barcelona (2018)

PLDC Paris (2017)

Oris, Zagreb (2017)

Arquitectura y luz, Lima (2017)

Darc Room, London (2017)

Lights in Goa (2017)

Milan Design Week, Milan (2017)

International Lighting Fixture Design Conference, London (2017)

Webinar Masters of Light, London (2016)

Lighting Networks, Tel Aviv (2016)

Croatian Academy Of Sciences And Arts, Zagreb (2015)

Days of Oris, Mali Lošinj (2015)

Lightspace, London (2015)

TedxZagreb (2015)

Gardone Riviera Landscape conference, Italy (2015)

DAZ, Zadar, Croatia (2015)

PechaKucha, Helsinki, Finland (2014)

Croatian Lighting Association, Zagreb (2014)

Lux, London, UK (2014)

LUCI Dubrovnik (2014)

Lighting Fixture Design Conference, London (2014)

DesignMENA summit, Dubai, UAE (2013)

PLD Turkyie, Istanbul, Turkyie (2013)

The Architecture of Lights, Zagreb (2013)

AIA Europe, Dusseldorf, Germany (2013)

Hybrid Architecture & Design, Milan Design Week, Italy (2013)

Demanio Marittimo km 278, Senigallia, Italy (2012)

3rd LED Forum, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2012)

10th Days of Oris, architecture symposium, Zagreb, Croatia (2010)

Luminale, Light+Building, Frankfurt, Germany (2011)

Balkan Light, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (2008) etc.

Visiting lecturer at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia