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Calafatiplatz in the Prater
Vienna, Austria

  • project Calafatiplatz in the Prater
  • architect Weinhäupl Architekten
  • photographer Werner Huthmacher

Calafa­ti­platz is a square in the famous Volkspra­ter amu­se­ment park in Prater park in Vienna. The square is named after a nine-meter tall figure of a Chi­nese man, which once ador­ned Basi­lio Calafati´s carou­sel, a stone replica of which can be found on the square.

Calafati square is now res­plen­dent in a new light. The fifteen Lif light columns pro­vide par­ti­cu­larly har­mo­nious illu­mi­na­tion of the square. All light columns are highly dis­tinc­tive due to their extra white color. Along with a top ele­ment for illu­mi­na­tion of the square with the Tritec-Optic some of the Lifs also have an empty holder ele­ment. The holder ele­ments have spe­cial con­tras­ting green paint on the inside, making them a real eye-cat­cher and visual deco­ra­tion – the same color as the green flag­sto­nes on the surface of the square.

  • 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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