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Cambridge University - North West Cambridge Development
Cambridge, Great Britain

  • architect HGP architects
  • lighting designer BDP
  • photographer Tom Niven, Amphitype
  • Representation Selux UK

Cam­bridge in the south of Eng­land is famous in par­ti­cu­lar for its uni­ver­sity. 24,500 stu­dents are cur­rently enrol­led at The Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge, which was foun­ded in 1209. The North West Cam­bridge Devel­op­ment is a newly built uni­ver­sity site – where the pave­ments and squa­res are now illu­mi­na­ted with Olivio.

The North West Cam­bridge Devel­op­ment – desig­ned by HGP archi­tects – is a pro­ject under the aus­pi­ces of the uni­ver­sity inten­ded to stem increa­sed accom­mo­da­tion requi-rements in the face of rising land prices in Cam­bridge. On former farm­land on a surface area of around 150 hec­ta­res, some 3000 dwel­lings, 2000 stu­dent bed­spa­ces and 100,000 m² of com­mer­cial, sci­en­ti­fic and retail space have arisen. Inclu­ded in the master plan are also a com­mu­nity centre, a health centre, a pri­mary school and kin­dergar­ten, as well as a hotel and the site’s own energy centre.

The state-of-the-art uni­ver­sity buil­dings, which have been built in the north-west of this col­le­gi­ate uni­ver­sity, are sur­roun­ded by spa­cious squa­res and linked by wide pave­ments. The light plan­ners at BDP have opted for a ligh­ting solu­tion that uses Olivio Pic­colo lumi­nai­res in brown, arran­ged on square-shaped timber columns. The use of wood – a sustai­na­ble mate­rial – in an earthy brown colour ena­bles the lumi­nai­res to form a link bet­ween the old and new parts of Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity.

  • 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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