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DALI Lighting Awards 2021

Highly Commended projects

The following projects were Highly Commended by the judges of the DALI Lighting Awards 2021. 

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Commercial / Professional

The Commercial / Professional category attracted a broad selection of projects, including both modern and more traditional workspaces, and both new builds and retrofits.

The Colliers Head Office refurbishment by Intelligent Environments Limited was HIGHLY COMMENDED by the judges. This refurbishment project within the HSBC Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, included the installation of a DALI-2 control system, which provided versatility, ease of integration, and monitoring and reporting capabilities.

The precise dimming and colour-changing capabilities of the DALI system were integral in allowing the design objectives of the space to be met. Also, the ability to support the DALI-2 control system remotely allows a swift response to any maintenance issues.

Judges recognized the flexibility afforded by the DALI system, which allowed the cabling to be installed with functionality programmed later.


Signify was also HIGHLY COMMENDED for the TECHNICAL aspects of the DALI installation in the Huada Semiconductor headquarters building in Shanghai, China.

The project is notable for its use of tunable white lighting control, promoting well-being and productivity of occupants, as well as extensive of use of light and occupancy sensing.

Judges recognized the flexibility of spatial use that DALI affords. The control system allows a luminaire’s light output to be controlled according to the distance from the office windows, which provides a more comfortable and energy-efficient lighting scheme.

Entertainment & Architectural

In the Entertainment & Architectural category, the Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums project was HIGHLY COMMENDED by the judges for its very impressive array of DALI TECHNICAL features.

Delmatic supplied DALI-based lighting control systems for the Education City Stadium and the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, which are venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The very extensive DALI systems include 90,000 DALI lamps, 5,000 DALI sensors and 2,300 DALI switches, plus DALI controllers and devices, and a further 10,000 DALI emergency lamps.

DALI enables fully addressable scene-setting control and monitoring of normal, emergency and decorative lighting across the stadium canopies and façades.

The DALI systems share sensor data to maximize the operational efficiency and sustainability of lighting and connected services, as well as tracking the stadiums’ energy usage.


Also in this category, the ACMI Renewal project by Schuler Shook was HIGHLY COMMENDED by the judges for its outstanding LIGHTING DESIGN.

This renovation project updated the lighting scheme in the common areas – including retail areas, atriums, foyers, studios, and event spaces – within the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

The DALI lighting control system was designed to enhance the visitor experience and provides smooth transitions and easy programming of the lighting presets, with flexibility for the venue to customize special events. Integration of the lighting with the architecture was carefully devised and coordinated with the wider design team.

Judges praised the clever lighting-design ideas, such as the integration of light fittings within the red fabric-clad "urban lounge" area, as well as the use of DMX alongside DALI.


Healthcare & Education

Entries for the Healthcare & Education category included a kindergarten, a high school, a university, a care facility for the elderly, and two hospitals.

The Hospital Nova project from Helvar was HIGHLY COMMENDED by the judges, who recognized that patient and staff wellbeing is central to the lighting design.

DALI controls all indoor and outdoor lighting at this newly built hospital, one of the largest in Finland, and the project has over 30,000 controlled DALI addresses.

The DALI system responds to both light-level fluctuations and seasons, and is freely programmable to allow users to tailor the desired lighting scheme. Furthermore, by understanding people’s movements and how spaces are used, the lighting can be adjusted to save energy, since the system can detect the most optimal lighting setting based on collected data.


Also HIGHLY COMMENDED for its TECHNICAL merits was the Grange University Hospital by Laing O’Rourke.

This large new hospital in Cwmbran, Wales, was equipped with a DALI-2 lighting system and emergency lighting, using interoperable DALI components from multiple suppliers. This resulted in a more resilient building that can be adapted if future requirements change.

As well as this emphasis on resilience and future planning, the judges recognized that off-site pre-assembly of different elements including DALI systems enabled early commissioning and phased handovers. This in turn resulted in early delivery of some sections of the building that were then able to support coronavirus care.

Also, the use of DALI enabled functionality to be adapted to respond to the fast-changing demands of the pandemic – for example, an area was quickly and easily reworked from offices to a doctor’s rest facility.



In the Industrial category, Helvar was HIGHLY COMMENDED for the Oyak-Renault Factory, a car manufacturing plant in Turkey.
The transition to LED lighting with a DALI-based, sensor-rich control system was aimed at reducing energy use across this large industrial site.

Judges noted the use of daylight harvesting, time clock use and occupancy sensing to achieve energy savings of approximately 70%.




The Infrastructure category featured several examples of DALI installations in metro networks in different cities in China.

One of these, the West Extension Line 7 of the Guangzhou Metro by MOSO Electronics Corp. was HIGHLY COMMENDED by the judges for its TECHNICAL merits.

The intelligent DALI lighting system, which contains more than 7,500 DALI LED drivers, is integrated with the KNX building control system. DALI controls the light levels according to passenger flow. The lighting is used to define the public spaces, while also creating a healthier, safer and more comfortable lighting environment.

Judges commented on the energy savings of 30% that were achieved, and the effective use of lighting to guide passengers in the underground areas and on the platforms.



Projects submitted in the Residential category ranged from home upgrades to new residential towers to listed-building renovations.

Delmatic was HIGHLY COMMENDED for South Quay Plaza 1 in London, UK, one of Europe’s tallest residential towers.

DALI provides accurate, energy-efficient digital dimming and real-time management and monitoring of the entire lighting network, including both illumination and emergency lighting throughout the 68-storey building. DALI sensors maximise energy-efficiency and provide the flexibility to configure and adjust lighting scenes and scenarios.

The judges recognized the excellent use of DALI, particularly in the shared amenity spaces of this residential tower.


Retail & Hospitality

In the Retail & Hospitality category, the Bian project from Morlights was HIGHLY COMMENDED.

Bian is a wellness, fitness, medical and social space in Chicago, Illinois.

Using DALI throughout, the design offers inherent flexibility; enhances occupant experience; and offers seamless control of luminaires and multiple lighting scenarios.

The judges commented on the beautiful lighting design enabled by precise DALI control, and in particular the visual continuity and the sophisticated balance of lighting between different spaces with different needs. This creates a truly flexible and comfortable visual environment.