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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 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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