Project team:


Client: City of Malmö/S
Architects: C.F. Møller Architects, Aarhus/DK;
Landscape architects: Thorbjörn Andersson / SWECO, Stockholm/S

 

Products applied:


LED chains: Flex SLX Philips / ColorKinetics
LED technology:
Insta Elektro GmbH, Lüdenscheid/D
Control system: LPC 30 from Pharos Controls

05. Nov 2011

Reaching for the stars
Lighting design concept for Hyllie Square in Malmö/S

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Åke E:son Lindman

To non-Swedes the word Hyllie sounds like it could be an item of furniture from the local Ikea store. Then again, any Swedish word sounds like something from the popular furniture store catalogue. Hyllie is in fact a new urban district that has been developed in Malmö, expanding the Swedish coastal town in the direction of Copenhagen. And since light quality is key to the exterior spaces in and around both Malmö and Copenhagen, the lighting for the new square in Hyllie could not get away with a conventional solution. It had to be something special. And it is.

The main concept behind the lighting design of Hyllie Station Square by Niklas Oedman from the newly founded design practice Black Ljusdesign was to create a modern meeting place with the feeling of a forest of beech trees, the beech being typical for this area of southern
Sweden. The ‘moonlight’ generated by the luminaires filters through the crowns of the trees, creates patterns on the ground. The trees themselves are uplit using warm white light, as are the fronts of benches. This makes for an intimate atmosphere and is designed to be reminiscent of clearings in a forest. Strung above the square is a digital starry sky with changing points of light, the LED chains linked to masts around the perimeter of the space. The programmed scenes make for both a low-key as well as a spectacular setting. Once every hour the digital sky presents a one-minute graphic light pattern based on the weather and season and then reverts to low-key starry sky mode.

Cables are spanned over the square in an irregular pattern at heights of 15 and 17 metres. The longest measure 60 metres, the shortest around 48 metres. Chains of RGB LEDs are fixed on the wires. Each of the light chains is around 20 metres long and connected to fill the wires as far as possible. Every LED can be controlled individually, with the control gear installed inside the tall masts. […]

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 79.

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