Knox Church, Christchurch New Zealand

Knox Church at the entrance of Victoria Street had been severely damaged as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes. It was broken but not beaten.

Kevin had been asked to look at the possibility of lighting what was left of this beautiful building. He took inspiration from the building being a place of spiritual worship and surveyed the damage with a view to re-using the existing fittings to assist the church community.

By using some of the existing fittings he was able to maximise the effect of this beautiful building by focusing the light on the ceiling, giving back the buildings soul and showing the original architect and his creation respect.

Kevin gave this project to the Knox Church Community and the City of Christchurch as another fine example of what can be done when focusing light on what only needs to be illuminated. Even when there is destruction we can create beauty, as light is a ray of hope.

Download Kevin's Posters for the 2012 Illuminating Engineering Society Award (pdf, 7.8mb)

Rev. Dr. Geoff King ( Knox Church )
David Lynch ( Momentus Public Relations Ltd )
Brett Anderson ( Christchurch Casino )
Blair McIntyre ( Christchurch Casino )
Mike Wynands ( Total Lighting & Electrical )

Award winning design

2012 Illuminating Engineering Society Award for Excellence

"The biggest kick I've got is we've won [the award] for Christchurch. The whole point was to give the heart and soul back to the church. The church is broken, but not beaten, just like Christchurch is broken but not beaten."

Lighting Council New Zealand
Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand
New Zealand Green Building Council
Standards New Zealand
Association of Lighting Designers
Pure Advantage - Green Growth for Greater Wealth
New Zealand Retail Interior Association
Canterbury Employers´ Chamber of Commerce