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Place du Peuple, Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne, France

  • project Place du Peuple, Saint-Étienne
  • client Ville de Saint-Étienne
  • lighting designer Cobalt Lumière, Lyon
  • electrical installation Sobeca
  • Representation Selux France

Whereas in the past Saint-Éti­enne was a wealthy indus­trial town, today the city in the Rhône-Alpes region is geared more towards cul­ture and tourism. Mod­erni­sa­tion of the munic­i­pal light­ing was one of the mea­sures intended to pro­vide this city near to Lyon with a new iden­tity. As a result a new light­ing con­cept has been devised for the city’s main square.

The Place du Peuple is a city square of sym­bolic impor­tance and forms part of Saint-Etienne’s his­toric town centre. When it was redesigned, strength­en­ing its iden­tity at night time was of major pri­or­ity. The plan­ners from Cobalt Lumière opted for the mod­u­lar system lumi­naire Lif, which can handle a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent light­ing tasks simul­ta­ne­ously. The top ele­ment with quadru­ple Tritec optics ensures a har­mo­nious light mood while a fur­ther func­tion of the twinspot module is to radi­ate light onto objects on the square. The inte­rior-illu­mi­nated open holder ele­ment radi­ates trans­parency and light­ness. Its custom-made spe­cial oval recess, which is also coloured red, is a real eye­catcher that attracts the admir­ing looks of pedes­tri­ans not just during the day. The Lif top module has been equipped with a warm light colour of 2700K – ensur­ing a light accent that pro­vides com­fort and warmth during the evening hours.

  • Cities are lively, vibrant places that are always in motion. Changes in use within communal spaces or multi-functional concepts are transforming urban spaces and with it, the requirements for lighting. As a modular system luminaire in the shape of a slim, cylindrical light column, Lif provides full freedom for the creation of light settings in urban spaces and the smart implementation of these using networked functions. More flexible than any other luminaire, it adapts itself to the widest variety of urban lighting tasks. By day, Lif occupies a reserved role in the cityscape but it is during darkness that it demonstrates its true versatility – depending on the configuration, it can be transformed into a luminaire for squares or pathways, an accent light, or even all of these at once, while at all times remaining a minimalist light column. Lighting tools like the pathway module or the Gobo projector for eyecatching projection effects expand and enhance the scope of planning. New spacer elements in four heights perfectly complement the versatile configuration options of Lif, while smart components like a loudspeaker module, camera, or WiFi element make this light column a key element in smart cities.

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