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Olivios for The East Bund
Shanghai, China

  • project The East Bund Waterfront, Shanghai, China
  • client City Council Shanghai
  • architect Arcplus Group PLC, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
  • landscape architect Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Insititute, Shanghai; EDGING A&LA Co., Ltd., Shanghai Landscape Architecture Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.
  • design WEST 8 urban design & landscape architecture
  • photographer Zilu Wang
  • Representation Cynne Du, Target Lighting

The inau­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the water­front on the Huangpu River could hardly have been more spec­tac­u­lar. To coin­cide with its open­ing on 31st Decem­ber 2018, there was snow­fall in Shang­hai, the rare white blan­ket pro­vid­ing an extra touch of gloss to this freshly land­scaped park – much to the delight of the res­i­dents in the Chi­nese metrop­o­lis. Using Olivio system lumi­naires, the reserved light­ing sets visual accents, while at the same time turn­ing the water­front into an entic­ing space for adven­ture and relax­ation, both by day and night.

The goal was to find the best way to revi­talise the east­ern water­front along the Huangpu River. The vision for the water­front between the Yangpu Bridge in the North of Shang­hai and the Xupu Bridge in the south, 45 km long in total, was to create a ver­sa­tile, sus­tain­able public green­space that remains attrac­tive what­ever the season. Impor­tant objec­tives of its usage con­cept were to fur­ther the health and well-being of cit­i­zens and enrich their lives by offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for sport, games and simply sojourn­ing in the fresh air.

Feel-good ambi­ence, light qual­ity and effi­ciency are the cri­te­ria pur­sued by the light­ing solu­tion here, com­pris­ing Olivio system lumi­naires across a 21 km long sec­tion of the water­front known as The East Bund. With its organic floral shape, the Olivio blends har­mo­niously into the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment, sup­ple­ment­ing the land­scape plan­ning by set­ting reserved yet dis­tinc­tive light­ing accents. Paths and squares are lined with 3.5 m or 4.5 m pole-top lumi­naires from the Olivio Can­de­labra series equipped with one or two Olivio Medio LED lumi­naire heads, depend­ing on the size of the area. From squares dec­o­rated with benches to cycle paths con­nect­ing the newly land­scaped park to the city centre, the Olivio lumi­naire system is deployed here flex­i­bly in a highly diverse range of light­ing sit­u­a­tions along the newly designed water­front. Rota­tion-sym­met­ri­cal, wide-beam­ing reflec­tors ensure soft light, pro­vid­ing an invit­ing atmos­phere for vis­i­tors and ensur­ing safety while jog­ging, cycling, walk­ing or simply sojourn­ing in the park. A colour tem­per­a­ture of 3000K and CRI 80 also help enliven the expe­ri­ence of this urban water­front land­scape at night­time.

  • 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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