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Kärdla Town Centre
Island Hiiumaa, Estonia

  • project Reconstruction of Kärdla Centre Square
  • client Hiiumaa Municipality Government
  • architect Skepast ja Puhkim OÜ, MARELD landskapsarkitekter AB, Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter AB
  • landscape architect Martin Allik & David Gough, MARELD landskapsarkitekter
  • electrical installation Silmani Elekter
  • photographer Tiit Veermäe
  • Representation Ole Touböl Schöllin, Selux Sverige

Kärdla is the only town on Estonia’s second lar­gest island, Hii­umaa, and has around 3,000 inha­bi­tants. In recent years, the town’s cen­tral square has been moder­ni­sed. As well as an open-plan market hall and a cul­tu­ral centre, which bring fresh impe­tus to town life, the green areas have also been con­ver­ted into new, safe urban spaces.

Until recently, the elon­ga­ted square was domi­na­ted by traf­fic and parks. Now, fol­lo­wing a sug­ge­s­tion by the lands­cape archi­tects’ bureau Mareld, the area has been split into a winter and summer square. This has resul­ted in a living space that is geared to human beings, which com­bi­nes cul­ture and market life with green­space. The nearby stream has also been incor­po­ra­ted into the plan­ning by the desig­ners in the guise of an irri­ga­tion garden con­sis­ting of alder trees, foun­tains and wet­land vege­ta­tion.

In addi­tion, a new ligh­ting con­cept has been devi­sed for this modern town centre, for which the choice of the plan­ners fell on the design lines Olivio Sis­tema and Olivio Uni­ver­sal with its high-qua­lity wooden pole. Here, Olivio cre­a­tes a look that blends in per­fectly with the green sur­roun­dings. The indi­vi­du­ally con­fi­gu­red shapes of the lumi­nai­res mean the cen­tral square can be illu­mi­na­ted using various light set­tings depen­ding on the appli­ca­tion. As a result, the new ligh­ting con­cept in Kärdla town centre has cre­a­ted a lively living space that pro­mo­tes well-being.

  • 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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