Project team:

City of Helsinki planning department, TASKE, Helsinki Energy
Project manager: HKR Executive
Executive architect: Pöyry Finland Oy
Lighting design: Lighting Design Collective – Tapio Rosenius,
Oscar Martin, Rodolfo Lozano, Victor Soria, Gorka Cortazar,
Reinaldo Alcala, Rodrigo Arcaya
Electrical engineers: Olof Granlund Oy
Contractor: VRJ Etelä-Suomi Oy


Products applied:

Lighting controls: Traxon

05. May 2013

Interactive light art for urban redevelopment
Silo 468 in Helsinki/FIN

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Hannu Iso-oja, Tuomas Uusheimo, Tapio Rosenius

For many years a light art installation – to cite Olafur Eliasson – was an interior space that engrosses the viewer completely through light. The Weather Project comprising the huge sun, which was shown in the Tate Modern in 2003, was one such installation. People entered the space – and succumbed. We will doubtless continue to be presented with light art of this kind. Right now the light art scene has become utterly fascinated by a unique and highly innovative project in Finland. Silo 468 in Helsinki incorporates media design in light art as a part of architecture – the most modern form of light art and architectural lighting rolled into one. It is both an expression of today’s digital world and an indication of what lighting design is destined to become.
Silo 468 in Helsinki is all over the Internet right now. The project received the award for Best Spatial Media Art at the Media Architecture Biennale in Aarhus/DK in November 2012, and it will probably not be the last award to go its way. Silo 468 is already appearing on a variety of lists of nominations for jury members to consider.

The Silo was a lead project when Helsinki became World Design Capital in 2012 and at the same time it marks the start of a redevelopment area by the name of Kruunuvuorenranta. The new district on the site of the former oil port in the city sector of Laajasalo, a group of islands that forms a neighbourhood in the southern part of Helsinki, will be developed and completed by 2030. Its western shoreline façade will be one of the city’s most visible marine frontages opposite the central city area. […]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 87.
And our PLD magazine app (iPad App Store) contains a media-enhanced version.


SILO 468 URBAN LIGHT ART PIECE FOR CITY OF HELSINKI from Lighting Design Collective on Vimeo.

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