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Angers waterfront illumination
Angers, France

  • client City of Angers
  • architect Paul Grether
  • landscape architect Phytolab
  • general contractor Cegelec
  • electrical planning SCE
  • photographer Xavier Boymond

Loca­ted in the Loire Valley, the city of Angers in the west of France in the Pays de la Loire recently under­went com­pre­hen­sive moder­ni­sa­tion. The focus of this refur­bish­ment was rene­wal of the ligh­ting alongside the River Maine. The newly desig­ned water­front is now illu­mi­na­ted by Lif light columns and Olivio system lumi­nai­res.

The town coun­cil laun­ched the Cour de Maine” revi­ta­li­sa­tion pro­ject with the goal of turning the city centre into a bust­ling loca­tion. In revi­ta­li­sing the city centre, the goal of the coun­cil was to enable citi­zens to redis­co­ver the river and its water­front for them­sel­ves.

Public ligh­ting con­ti­nues to play an impor­tant role in urban devel­op­ment pro­jects for it needs to be fully inte­gra­ted into the over­all con­cept. For this reason the archi­tect and ligh­ting plan­ner con­cerned also placed great emp­ha­sis on the choice of lumi­nai­res for this pro­ject, both in terms of style and func­ti­o­na­lity.

  • 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.
  • 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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