The rapidly growing suburb of Backa in Gothenburg is one of the most important development areas in the city. Selmas Park is a new green hub there for leisure activities, meeting people and recreation. The lighting for this greenspace, which has a highly varied design and is aimed at both young and old, uses luminaires from the Olivio Sistema design line.
Backa’s new urban concept combines modern houses with existing buildings erected in Sweden during the Million Programme era of the 1960s. The draft for Selmas Park by the landscape architects’ bureau ÅWL Arkitekter focussed on social sustainability and integration. The goal was to create a park landscape with a strong identity, in which citizens can connect with one another.
It is Backa’s history as a garden suburb, which inspires the new Selmas Park. In the 19th century, a series of farmyards arose here and Backa became the garden of Gothenburg’s local economy, supplying residents with fruit, vegetables and flowers. But what about the safety concept for a new greenspace designed for recreational use? “The challenge was to provide small, intimate places where the various users can interact without this resulting in an unsafe environment,” explains Landscape Architect Maja Forsberg, who was responsible for the project at ÅWL Architects. Together with light designers from Light Bureau, a lighting concept was developed that increases the feeling of safety and supports the location’s key focus – play and leisure activities.
The majority of the park landscape is illuminated using white LED light, which ensures better recognition of colours and hence of faces. Coloured light provides accent lighting for the entrance area and playground. As well as increasing the attractiveness of the site, it is designed to encourage visitors to partake in activities.
The main path through the park is illuminated using Olivio luminaires on low poles. The illuminated pathways indicate their course without causing excessive scatter light, thereby providing orientation during darkness. Areas for leisure activities are lit using Olivio luminaires on higher poles to attain wider and more uniform illumination of these spaces while additional Olivio gobo spots are on hand to provide artistic light projections. Targeted light settings of trees around the main square creates an atmospheric ambience – making for a sustainable and safe location bristling with life and action.
architect: ÅWL Arkitekter / Maja Forsberg
lighting designer: Light Bureau
photographer: Felix Gerlach
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