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Vattentorget: A lakeside square with feel-good factor
Växjö, Sweden

  • progetto Vattentorget
  • architetto paesaggista Sydväst arkitektur och landskap, Malmo
  • lighting designer ÅF Lighting
  • design West 8 design and landscape architecture
  • fotografo Werner Nystrand
  • project.representation Selux Sverige

The small uni­ver­sity town in the south of Sweden is embed­ded bet­ween a mul­ti­tude of waters inclu­ding Lake Växjö. The Vat­ten­tor­get is a popu­lar mee­ting point direc­tly along­side the lake. The Syd­väst bureau was comis­sio­ned with the rede­sign of the Vat­ten­tor­get, making use of the oppor­tu­nity to opti­mise the link bet­ween park and Lake Växjö at the same time.

The rede­si­gned Vat­ten­tor­get is espe­cially inten­ded to improve usage of this splen­did water­side loca­tion while at the same time for­ming a closed-off area con­nec­ting the water­front pro­me­na­des around the lake. The goal was the­re­fore to deve­lop the visual axis from the park to lake, making sure the open, paved area towards the town remai­ned avai­la­ble for ver­sa­tile use. To enable the cha­rac­ter of this water­side loca­tion to remain clearly visi­ble at night time, the Syd­väst plan­ners also spe­ci­fied reser­ved, zero glare lighting that doesn’t impair the view.

As a tech­ni­cal basis for lighting, the plan­ners opted for the Olivio because of its balan­ced shape and friendly, orga­nic design – espe­cially impor­tant since the light pole occu­pies a soli­tary posi­tion. With its pro­jec­ted pat­terns the lighting is remi­ni­scent of sun­light cast through foliage. It also crea­tes a space with sojourn qua­lity during dar­k­ness that sets itself apart from the sur­roun­dings and from the lake‘s sur­face.

  • La straordinaria famiglia di apparecchi di illuminazione Olivio è un moderno e originale sistema di illuminazione urbana multifunzionale disponibile in tre grandezze con riflettori intercambiabili per l'illuminazione stradale e d'accento. Questo flessibile sistema di illuminazione può essere equipaggiato con accessori ottici come ottiche ad anelli e a nido d'ape, lenti colorate e lenti di elongazione che offrono ulteriori effetti e possibilità di controllo. I pali e gli sbracci Olivio Sistema, Candelabra e Floracion garantiscono la massima libertà in termini di design e flessibilità di progettazione.
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