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Place de la République
Paris, France

  • project Place de la République
  • client Ville de Paris
  • buyer Ville de Paris
  • architect Trévelo & Viger-Kohler (TVK)
  • landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners et Areal
  • lighting designer Yann Kersalé - AIK
  • electrical installation ATEC Ingénierie
  • photographer Xavier Boymond

Over the years, the Place de la Répu­bli­que has been trans­for­med into a major Pari­sian cross­roads, the day-to-day life of which is defi­ned by the con­stant pre­sence of cars. Con­se­quently in 2008, the Pari­sian Muni­ci­pal Autho­ri­ties announ­ced a pro­ject for ren­de­ring the square a more attrac­tive loca­tion for pede­stri­ans and for enhan­cing the monu­ments around the square. The resul­tant ligh­ting con­cept has been devel­o­ped by Yann Ker­salé from AIK. The light is desig­ned to fulfil two func­ti­ons in this new public space: ligh­ting of roads for cars and the devel­op­ment of pede­stri­a­ni­zed areas.

Here, Selux Olivio lumi­nai­res are atta­ched on 16.5 metre high poles tape­ring off to a point at the top. These pro­duce a com­for­ta­ble white light for pede­stri­ans or an orange light for the road­ways. The poles on the north-eas­tern side of the square are equip­ped with acous­tic sig­nals and LED screens, which dis­play an ever-chan­ging meta­morp­ho­sis of abstract light. The green area in the middle of the square is lit using Olivio Can­de­la­bra lumi­nai­res. These gua­ran­tee a high level of visi­bi­lity for pede­stri­ans, cyclists and moto­rists, even at night time. The light con­cept by Yann Ker­salé gua­ran­tees visual com­fort, ele­gance and safety while taking into con­si­de­ra­tion the light design goals of the Pari­sian Muni­ci­pal Autho­ri­ties.

  • 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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