NIME – winner of iF design award 2021!
is the winner of iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 in the category of product design/lighting!
On 2nd March 2021 the inauguration of the Labin shaft project was held in the Croatian president’s presence to celebrate the coal miners revolution from 100 years ago!
Excited to see that our architectural lighting project GTC Matrix in Zagreb, Croatia is shortlisted for the Darc Awards 2020 in the category of Best Structures!
Leave your vote to your favourite projects until 26th March if you are an independent lighting designer, light artist, interior designer, or architect.
Good luck to all shortlisted projects!
Skira supports the online Da!festival organized by ambitious and creative students, with Dean’s lecture on the Fifth Form of Light.
Save the date 21/1/2021 at 7 pm CET, no registration needed.
The year 2020 will forever remain in our collective memory. We hope 2021 will bring new hope and lots of happiness for everyone.
Stay safe and a Happy New Year from Skira Tribe!
Our offices will be closed from 23.12.2020. until 4.1.2021.
#skiralighting #seasonsgreeting #merrychritsmas #happynewyear
Dean Skira will speak at the LUX Live Digital Festival 2020 about “The simple Trick that created a dramatic office exterior”.
Save the date on 12th November at 2 pm BST / 3 pm CET and register at https://luxlive.co.uk/register-for-the-luxlive-digital-festival-2020
#deanskira #skiralighting #luxlive2020
Designing The Future II – In Delta Light newest instalment of the ongoing series of Live Talks we’ll tackle the subject of Landscaping.
Tuesday 6 October – 2 p.m. (Brussels) / 8 a.m. (New York) / 8 p.m. (Beijing)
Join in for an inspiring talk about the future of landscape design and lighting with:
Secure your spot and register online at deltalight.com/live
We are proud and honored to announce that we have won the 2020 Illumination Award of Distinction for our GTC Matrix project, the highest level of recognition by the IES Illuminating Engineering Society.⠀
“On behalf of my team and me, I thank the IES members of the jury for recognizing the result of an enormous multidisciplinary effort and hard work that we performed on this project. We are very proud to have accomplished such an extraordinary achievement acknowledged by one of the most prestigious institutions of lighting profession among so many amazing projects.⠀
GTC Matrix is an excellent example of total lighting design and engineering. Light fixture Trick that we designed in 2014, which became a paradigm in graphic lighting was then uniquely customized, together with the control system and wiring, for this particular project. Now that customized product became a standard that can be used in countless ways and possibilities. Designing lighting instruments, implementing them in an unexpected way but also convincing the client GTC Group and iGuzzini manufacturers to trust and work with us, demonstrates the strengths of innovation and creativity of the team but most significantly the importance of lighting as the creator of nocturnal landmark architecture.” commented Dean Skira the receipt of this distinguished Award.⠀
#skiralighting #TheIES #GTCMatrix
Our offices will be closed from 3rd to 21st August 2020 for summer holidays.
On the occasion of the 164th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors in the world history, the decorative lighting of the Technical Museum that bears his name, was lit and inaugurated by the Mayor of City of Zagreb as part of the program dedicated to Tesla.
Inspired by so many great initiatives, we were encouraged to start our own to celebrate the 30th anniversary since we fell in love with LIGHT. ⠀
#FALLINGINLIGHT will introduce our awarded projects and show what inspires us to keep falling in light. ⠀
Join in and share your #fallinginlight projects and moments. ⠀
#fallinginlight #skiralighting #skiratribe #deanskira #30yearsanniversary #LightYears ⠀
#architecturallighting #lovethisjob #lightingdesigner #lightinglovers #lightingdesign #lightislife #celebratelight
As longtime friends of Oris, we wouldn’t miss participating in Friends for Oris exhibition.
Nime designed by Dean Skira for Delta Light poster will be displayed at the House of Architecture from 4th June until 31st July 2020.
“Architectural lighting is not important for the architecture itself, but for the people who live in it.”
Dean Skira’s quote fits perfectly with the goal of the Simon Living Places Award 2020 curated by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.
The prize is to feature those architecture projects whose excellence enhances the ability of the spaces to promote the comfort of its inhabitants.
Dean was invited to contribute to the 3rd edition of the Award as a member of this year’s jury.
Register your projects, open call until 15 September!
#SimonPrize #LivingPlaces #DeanSkira
We are proud to present the latest design by Dean Skira for Delta Light.
Nime reveals the perfect light according to Dean’s vision. It’s an object of desire for lighting connoisseurs.⠀
Nime emphasizes the points of interest in your surroundings in the most subtle yet powerful way. It is a state of art precision lighting solution.
>Discover more https://fal.cn/nime
>Watch the webinar: https://bit.ly/2XfYr4J
Istria County has declared its victory over COVID-19, and therefore on Saturday night, the major roundabout in the city of Pula was illuminated in light blue, the symbolic colour of the fight against this infectious disease. The local coronavirus crisis management team stated that there were no more patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in that Croatian county which was declared a corona-free zone. Since the start of the epidemic, there have been 87 patients who have caught this novel virus and all of them, but two elderly citizens who died due to this infection recovered until Saturday.
Best wishes to all from Skira team
#stayhome and read more about the beautiful San Marino project we are working on together with Claudia Paz Lighting Design Studio.
The architectural lighting concept in newest Arc Magazine April/May Issue 115, Drawing Board
Yellow is the international maritime color of the quarantine, in which we are currently in as a society, along with almost the entire world. The roundabout in Pula, Croatia will be therefore illuminated in yellow to remind people to #stayhome. These are immense challenges for all of us, but it will pass, and hopefully, it will pass as painlessly and quickly as possible. #stayhome to support our health systems and the local and global community. Let’s stay healthy and keep each other safe. #globalsolidarity #yellowjack #limaflag #socialdistancing #collectivecare #stayhome #staysafe #workfromhome #skiralighting #skiratribe #ostanimodoma #ostanidoma #teamspirit
We hope you are all doing well.
Last week at SKIRA we decided to continue uninterruptedly our business activities providing all safety measures in our offices and the possibility for our team to work from their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. Using our available resources and technologies, we are working effectively and we are grateful to have the opportunity to deliver the best possible results with the same high quality as usual.
Looking forward to better times when we can all gather again and socialize!
SKIRA Architectural Lighting Team
#welovelight #workingfromhome #covid19
GTC Matrix has been shortlisted for the LDA Awards 2020 in the category Public Realm and Landscape Project of the Year! The award ceremony will be held on 14th May in London.
#skiralighting #gtcmatrix #LDAwards
Videos are a great way to show various lighting effects. Never miss our posts on YouTube! Subscribe here.
We are interested in hiring individuals with design and visual communication skills who have a passion for light. Lighting designers, electrical engineers, 3d visualisers can join our dynamic and creative team!
Applicants must be experienced users of AutoCAD, Photoshop; and 3D software package (3DS Max, etc.) if applying for 3D Visualiser. Any experience of Revit would also be beneficial. Previous experience of lighting design is useful but is not essential. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with ability and experience, in accordance with Croatian law.
All applications must include:
Portfolios should be a maximum of 10 pages and contain examples of work that demonstrate your design thinking, visual communication skills and your interest in design and light.
Applications that do not comply with the above guidelines will not be considered further.
Happy holidays! We wish you a happy, successful and fulfilling New Year!
Our offices will be closed from 23rd December until 6th January. We’ll be back in the office on 7th January 2020.
Skira is an official Lider conference partner for the panel discussion on the topic of urban lighting for the 21st Century. The Lider conference named 48 hours will be held in Šibenik, Croatia from 27th to 29th November. Register here: http://lider.events/48sati/prijava/
We are delighted to announce that the lighting design project of the Evolution Tower in Moscow, Russia is nominated for the prestigious Darc awards in category “STRUCTURES: Best Exterior Lighting Scheme – High Budget”. We invite independent lighting designers, light artists, architects and interior designers to view and vote it!
Peer to peer voting period: 28th October – 18th November.
Dean will give a lecture on 25th October at the PLDC 2019 which is being held in Rotterdam from 23rd to 26th October. He’ll make sure the audience enjoys some great insights while sharing some memorable stories gathered during years of work on the Evolution Tower office building. Dean will make a long story short but full of valuable know-how.
#deanskira #evolutioninlighting #evolutiontower #pldc2019
On October 4th, Dean Skira will be at the K-Timber warehouse of Jisr El Wati (Beirut) for an exclusive event dedicated to innovation, challenges in the lighting industry and the future of lighting always keeping in mind that ‘light is not important for architecture itself, but for the people who live in it”.
The conference is organized by Unilux and iGuzzini that collaborated with Dean for the design of Trick, Lun-up and Underscore6 and the development of projects such as the Evolution Tower in Moscow and the Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul.
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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.
Dean Skira will hold a lecture on 25th October 2019 as a confirmed speaker at the PLDC convention in Rotterdam.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch our video made by Danijel Bartolic and edited by Marin Juranic on our youtube channel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Listen to Dean Skira talk about Developing an Own Lighting Design Philosophy on 3rd February in Goa, India. Find out more about this conference.
©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.
©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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Moscow Design Week (December 2020)
Lux Live Digital Festival (November 2020)
DL Live Talk Designing the Future II Landscaping (October 2020)
PLDC, Rotterdam (October 2019)
16th ILA International Light Association Conference, 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)
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