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Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth, Great Britain

  • project Gunwharf Quays Designer Outlet
  • landscape architect HGP architects
  • design West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
  • photographer Tom Niven, Amphitype
  • Representation Selux UK

Gun­wharf Quays is one of the largest designer outlet cen­tres in the south of Eng­land and is located in the heart of Portsmouth, right by the har­bour. As well as over 90 stores and more than 30 restau­rants, it also houses a cinema com­plex, a bowl­ing alley and an art gallery. The his­toric sur­round­ings of the har­bour, includ­ing the National Museum of the Royal Navy, also make it centre a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for tourists. This bustling loca­tion was recently fitted with accent light­ing using Olivio Sis­tema lumi­naires.

Portsmouth is famous for its mar­itime his­tory – Richard I built a dock here for royal gal­leys as far back as the 12th cen­tury. Around 1500, it became the site of Portsmouth’s defence works and, in the 17th cen­tury, Gun­wharf was used for the main arse­nal. In 1923 the site was taken over by the Royal Marines, for whom it served as a base until 1986. After the Royal Marines left, it was taken over by Portsmouth City Coun­cil, who decided to use it to enhance the attrac­tive­ness of the city, thereby increas­ing the number of vis­i­tors. The goal was to mod­ernise the city centre and open up the sea front to the public, cre­at­ing jobs in the process.

During the con­struc­tion of the centre, which was planned by HGP archi­tects, new bench­marks were set for ecol­ogy. Gun­wharf Quays is pow­ered by one of the largest solar cells sur­face areas in Europe and has its own recy­cling centre. For illu­mi­na­tion of the foot­paths and the spa­cious squares around the shop­ping centre, the light­ing plan­ners at BDP have chosen Olivio Medio lumi­naires. Using Sis­tema 1 arms, sev­eral Olivio Medio lumi­naires have been arranged around tapered steel poles at angles of between 0° and 360° ensur­ing opti­mal light dis­tri­b­u­tion at this pop­u­lar loca­tion.

  • The organic design of Olivio and its functional versatility due to the modular design of this luminaire family is inspired by role models from nature. As a result Olivio forms the basis for light concepts in urban living areas where the focus is on the well-being of people. Olivio luminaire heads are available in the sizes Grande, Medio and Piccolo and can be combined with various arms and pole types from the three design lines Sistema, Floracion and Candelabra. Yet it is not just the design that can be adapted individually according to the situation – various optics and light colours from 2,700 to 4,000 Kelvin also cater for challenging lighting tasks efficiently and without glare: from illumination of paths and squares, floodlighting of façades and accent lighting of buildings. The new Olivio Cap also reduces light scatter and for special requirements, with its camera and loudspeaker modules, Olivio can be integrated into smart application scene. The special wooden-pole aesthetic emphasizes the Olivio's high quality, organic luminaire design. Combined with luminaire heads in a harmonoius colour tone such as bronze, this results in a timelessly comforting spatial ambience.

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