Place Brosson

Châtel-Guyon, France

The light­ing at Place Brosson, in Châtel-Guyon, has brought the springs of this spa town in Départe­ment Puy-de-Dôme, France back to life.

Châtel-Guyon’s springs emerged at the end of the 17th cen­tury with a dis­tinc­tive gur­gling noise, which earned them the name of Gar­gouil­loux. The springs were opened up to the public in the second half of the 19th cen­tury by Camille Brosson, who built a ther­mal estab­lish­ment there. Like most spa towns in France, Châtel-Guyon also included a casino and a the­atre. At the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, a new build­ing replaced the Brosson’s old estab­lish­ment: the Grands Ther­mes.

The light­ing project at Place Brosson has been inspired by its past. Indeed, thanks to the light­ing design con­ceived by Jean-Yves Soet­inck, from the ​“Acte Lumière” agency, the water is gush­ing out of the springs once again on Place Brosson, with illu­mi­nated foun­tains whose noise recalls the famous gur­gling sound of the ​“Gar­gouil­loux”.

Lif light columns have been installed to pro­vide light­ing for the square, which change color grad­u­ally, in response to the foun­tains.

The steps of the square have been inscribed with the names of the dif­fer­ent springs: Mar­guerite, Ger­maine, Yvonne, Louise…


client: City of Châtel-Guyon


landscape architect: JNC Sud


lighting designer: L'Acte Lumière


electrical planning: Cabinet Merlin


photographer: electrical planning: Agron Bislimi


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