reggiani dramatically illuminates glasgow’s historic royal theatre





having originally opened in 1867, the theatre royal is the oldest in glasgow, and the longest running in scotland. owned by the scottish opera since 1974, it is used today for operatics, ballet performances, pantomimes and a variety of theatrical productions.


the historic building recently went under a consortium-funded multi-million pound refurbishment, with the addition of a number of new facilities, including: a landmark entrance hall, spacious foyer, the vanilla black café, improved bar areas and toilets; along with a modern box office with additional terminals. a highlight of the renovation is a viewing gallery which offers a unique view of the theatre’s auditorium, and an accompanying roof terrace that provides stunning vista’s across the city.

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under the specifications of max fordham and partners, reggiani sheds new light on the theatre royal in glasgow




reggiani sheds new light on the updated theatre royal, employing their ‘mosaico’ range of luminaires to illuminate the port city’s landmark. under the specifications of max fordham and partners, in their capacity as mechanical and electrical consultants, the italian company has integrated an energy-saving solution to complement the renovation, and highlight the venue’s architectural design. reggiani worked closely with max fordham and partners to ensure that a sustainable solution of energy-efficient LEDs was employed, alongside metal halide fixtures, to show off the new scheme to its maximum advantage.

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‘mosaico’ recessed luminaires offer good beam angles



along the theatre’s roof terrace area, reggiani has installed their twin light source ‘mosaico’ recessed luminaires that use a combination of 70W CDM-T G12 lamps with 88 degree beam angle and 35W CDM-T G12 lamps with a 74 degree beam angle. the fitting itself is finished in black, completed with a non-standard, rich gold reflector that serves to lower the color temperature of the light output, and exude the atmosphere and warmth that the designers of the scheme were seeking.
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lighting atmosphere of the ‘vanilla black’ cafè




for the new foyer and atrium exit points, black finish ‘mosaico’ fittings with 14W LEDs are used, while single ‘mosaico’ 14W LED easy IOS lights are employed for individual balcony spotlight areas. this IOS system combines a full range of beam widths and the ability to change optical configuration with class-leading efficiency.

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view of the ‘sackler staircase’




reggiani’s mosaico is available in single or multiple in-line or square configurations, with one to four light sources that allow for individual adjustment to achieve the desired lighting effect. each of the separate light bodies can offer different beams and colours to give both the designer and user a varied and more interesting expression of illumination. reggiani royal theatre glasgow designboom
the dramatic staircase is at the centre of the new scheme

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reggiani’s lighting system offer a soft illuminated atmosphere at the theatre royal

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view of the historic landmark from the streetreggiani royal theatre glasgow designboom





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