The small university town in the south of Sweden is embedded between a multitude of waters including Lake Växjö. The Vattentorget is a popular meeting point directly alongside the lake. The Sydväst bureau was comissioned with the redesign of the Vattentorget, making use of the opportunity to optimise the link between park and Lake Växjö at the same time.
The redesigned Vattentorget is especially intended to improve usage of this splendid waterside location while at the same time forming a closed-off area connecting the waterfront promenades around the lake. The goal was therefore to develop the visual axis from the park to lake, making sure the open, paved area towards the town remained available for versatile use. To enable the character of this waterside location to remain clearly visible at night time, the Sydväst planners also specified reserved, zero glare lighting that doesn’t impair the view.
As a technical basis for lighting, the planners opted for the Olivio because of its balanced shape and friendly, organic design – especially important since the light pole occupies a solitary position. With its projected patterns the lighting is reminiscent of sunlight cast through foliage. It also creates a space with sojourn quality during darkness that sets itself apart from the surroundings and from the lake‘s surface.