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Place du Peuple, Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne, France

  • project Place du Peuple, Saint-Étienne
  • client City of Saint-Étienne
  • lighting designer Cobalt Lumiére, Lyon
  • electrical installation Sobeca
  • Representation Selux France

Whereas in the past Saint-Éti­enne was a wealthy indus­trial town, today the city in the Rhône-Alpes region is geared more towards cul­ture and tourism. Mod­erni­sa­tion of the munic­i­pal light­ing was one of the mea­sures intended to pro­vide this city near to Lyon with a new iden­tity. As a result a new light­ing con­cept has been devised for the city’s main square.

The Place du Peuple is a city square of sym­bolic impor­tance and forms part of Saint-Etienne’s his­toric town centre. When it was redesigned, strength­en­ing its iden­tity at night time was of major pri­or­ity. The plan­ners from Cobalt Lumière opted for the mod­u­lar system lumi­naire Lif, which can handle a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent light­ing tasks simul­ta­ne­ously. The top ele­ment with quadru­ple Tritec optics ensures a har­mo­nious light mood while a fur­ther func­tion of the twinspot module is to radi­ate light onto objects on the square. The inte­rior-illu­mi­nated open holder ele­ment radi­ates trans­parency and light­ness. Its custom-made spe­cial oval recess, which is also coloured red, is a real eye­catcher that attracts the admir­ing looks of pedes­tri­ans not just during the day. The Lif top module has been equipped with a warm light colour of 2700K – ensur­ing a light accent that pro­vides com­fort and warmth during the evening hours.

  • Lively, vibrant and ever changing – our enthusiasm for cities knows no bounds whether for the diversity of their public spaces, the splendid facades with elegant shopping streets, unique monuments or inviting parks. However it is especially in the evenings that we experience the real magic of the big city – when the light of the Lif gives the fullest expression to urban life. Reserved in shape, the Lif integrates discretely into all urban settings, innovatively reinterpreting the reduced cylinder form as a basic architectural shape. By day, rather than distracting onlookers, the Lif blends into the background yet by night it displays its full effect – with the Lif, it is the light that is aligned, not the luminaire. Its modularity enables it to create visual settings for the surrounding area, adapting itself, like no other luminaire before it, flexibly and effortlessly to a diversity of urban lighting tasks. Highly versatile in terms of application, the Lif enables passers-by to experience the human geography of the city in a highly inspiring way.
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