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Place de la République
Paris, France

  • project Place de la République
  • client Ville de Paris
  • buyer Ville de Paris
  • architect Trévelo & Viger-Kohler (TVK)
  • landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners et Areal
  • lighting designer Yann Kersalé - AIK
  • electrical installation ATEC Ingénierie
  • photographer Xavier Boymond

Over the years, the Place de la République has been trans­formed into a major Parisian cross­roads, the day-to-day life of which is defined by the con­stant pres­ence of cars. Con­se­quently in 2008, the Parisian Munic­i­pal Author­i­ties announced a project for ren­der­ing the square a more attrac­tive loca­tion for pedes­tri­ans and for enhanc­ing the mon­u­ments around the square. The resul­tant light­ing con­cept has been devel­oped by Yann Ker­salé from AIK. The light is designed to fulfil two func­tions in this new public space: light­ing of roads for cars and the devel­op­ment of pedes­tri­an­ized areas.

Here, Selux Olivio lumi­naires are attached on 16.5 metre high poles taper­ing off to a point at the top. These pro­duce a com­fort­able white light for pedes­tri­ans or an orange light for the road­ways. The poles on the north-east­ern side of the square are equipped with acoustic sig­nals and LED screens, which dis­play an ever-chang­ing meta­mor­pho­sis of abstract light. The green area in the middle of the square is lit using Olivio Can­de­labra lumi­naires. These guar­an­tee a high level of vis­i­bil­ity for pedes­tri­ans, cyclists and motorists, even at night time. The light con­cept by Yann Ker­salé guar­an­tees visual com­fort, ele­gance and safety while taking into con­sid­er­a­tion the light design goals of the Parisian Munic­i­pal Author­i­ties.

  • 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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