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Vattentorget: A lakeside square with feel-good factor
Växjö, Sweden

  • project Vattentorget
  • landscape architect Sydväst arkitektur och landskap, Malmo
  • lighting designer ÅF Lighting
  • design West 8 design and landscape architecture
  • photographer Werner Nystrand
  • Representation Selux Sverige

The small uni­ver­sity town in the south of Sweden is embed­ded bet­ween a mul­ti­tude of waters inclu­ding Lake Växjö. The Vat­ten­t­or­get is a popu­lar mee­ting point directly alongside the lake. The Sydväst bureau was comis­si­o­ned with the rede­s­ign of the Vat­ten­t­or­get, making use of the oppor­tu­nity to opti­mise the link bet­ween park and Lake Växjö at the same time.

The rede­s­ig­ned Vat­ten­t­or­get is espe­ci­ally inten­ded to improve usage of this splen­did water­side loca­tion while at the same time for­ming a closed-off area con­nec­ting the water­front pro­me­na­des around the lake. The goal was the­re­fore to develop the visual axis from the park to lake, making sure the open, paved area towards the town remai­ned avai­la­ble for ver­sa­tile use. To enable the charac­ter of this water­side loca­tion to remain clearly visi­ble at night time, the Sydväst plan­ners also spe­ci­fied reser­ved, zero glare ligh­ting that doesn’t impair the view.

As a tech­ni­cal basis for ligh­ting, the plan­ners opted for the Olivio because of its balan­ced shape and friendly, orga­nic design – espe­ci­ally impor­tant since the light pole occu­pies a soli­tary posi­tion. With its pro­jec­ted pat­terns the ligh­ting is remi­nis­cent of sun­light cast through foli­age. It also cre­a­tes a space with sojourn qua­lity during dark­ness that sets itself apart from the sur­roun­dings and from the lake‘s surface.

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