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

  • project Vattentorget
  • landscape architect Sydväst arkitektur och landskap, Malmo
  • lighting designer ÅF Lighting
  • design West 8 design and landscape architecture
  • photographer Werner Nystrand
  • 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.

  • The distinctive Olivio family is a modern, striking, multifunctional urban lighting system, available in three different sizes with interchangeable reflectors for street and accent lighting applications. This flexible lighting system can be equipped with optical accessories such as honeycomb and ring louvres, coloured and elongation lenses offering further effects and control. Olivio Sistema, Candelabra and Floracion poles and brackets provide total freedom of design and flexible planning.
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