Playing a leading role

The installation of 82 dynamic liquid crystal windows to glaze two restored Victorian rooflights has been completed, as refurbishment progresses at the 195 Piccadilly headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).

By improving facilities and doubling the building’s capacity, Bafta will be able to dramatically increase its charitable programme. A world-leading independent arts charity, Bafta works to support and promote the next generation of talent and break down barriers that make it hard for talented individuals to build careers in the creative industries.

Eyrise  partnered with Bafta to provide instant solar shading for a newly constructed top floor at its grade two listed headquarters in London. The project involved installing 27 tons of liquid crystal glass of varying shapes and sizes into the restored and raised Victorian rooflights.

Proprietary Licrivision liquid crystal technology enables Eyrise glass to be tinted to provide instant solar shading without compromising on natural daylight. The windows provide lightwellness (visual comfort, thermal regulation and colour neutrality) for occupants, while  helping to reduce energy consumption.

“New technologies are helping us transform and grow the infrastructure of our headquarters which in turn will enable us to expand our important work in supporting emerging and under-represented talent,” Kevin Price, Bafta’s CEO, said. “By raising the roof and re-integrating the rooflights with Eyrise’s innovative glazing, we are able to open up a bright new space and deliver a greater variety of initiatives, learning events and activities.”

The refurbishment revealed one of the hidden rooflights, built in 1883, for the first time since 1975 when it was covered to create a dark space for a 227-seat cinema.

“This major project is a testament to Bafta’s progressive vision,” said Celine Glipa, CEO of Eyrise. “By integrating the latest technology to breathe new life and light into this iconic landmark, it is creating a superior stage for emerging talent.”

Designed by Benedetti Architects, the redevelopment work at Bafta will be completed in autumn 2021.