The Creative Space: Ross Dickson, Senior Product Designer at Astro Lighting

Continuing our Creative Space feature, we spoke with the Senior Product Design Engineer at Astro Lighting, Ross Dickson.

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So Ross, Can you tell us about a space that has inspired you recently and how?

“A space that has most recently inspired me is ‘Switch House’ – the latest extension to the Tate gallery in London, which opened last year.LR-P1710973 webWithin the Product Development team at Astro Lighting, we work by the creative ethos of ‘good design demands simplicity’ and consequently a large portion of our product portfolio is architectural and minimalist in shape and design – which is perhaps part of the reason why I was attracted to the Switch House space in the first instance.

The 64.5m high tower cleverly combines both function and form; with the new building providing around 60% more space for the gallery, while aesthetically, both the interior and exterior have clearly been considered.LR-P1710977 webConsistency of design is evident throughout the extension, with latticed brickwork used to clad the exterior, complementing the existing Tate building’s original fabric and appearance, and use of materials such as concrete matching the industrial style of the original gallery.

For me, however, the pared back architecture is the real hero of the building. Switch House is a well thought out design and use of space and I would highly recommend a visit.”


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