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.
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
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