SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY AND ONE LIGHTING ASSOCIATES (BEIJING) CREATE A LOVELY BLENDING OF OLD AND NEW
Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the elegant Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA USA on 22 May to honor the winners of the 36th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twentythree projects from 12 countries were on display—including exteriors, interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.
The design of the Lounge Bridge in Shimen Village in Songyang of Lishui, Zhejiang, China with lighting design by School of Architecture, Tsinghua University and One Lighting Associates (Beijing), took home an IALD Award of Excellence.
Old meets new in lighting and architecture over the Lounge Bridge in Shimen Village.
The bridge connects Shimen and Shimen Xu over the Songyin River in China. Architects and lighting designers wished to honor the past by retaining the old concrete Shimen bridge and building a new lounge walkway.
The walkway, made primarily of wood, is structured to share environmental continuity with the folk houses that exist on either side of the river, its newness echoing the past.
The team from One Lighting Associates and Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture designed a scheme that serves multiple purposes depending on day of the week, engaging with villagers’ memories and senses.
Multiple judges praised the dual modality acknowledging that the design is a “lovely blending of old and new, commerce and residential.” On a typical weekday, only safety lighting is used, out of respect to the rural nighttime environment. Linear LED luminaires with narrow angled beam are concealed in a custom lamp groove created in conjunction with the architectural design team.
These safety lights lend a soft, warm and indirect light that diffuses throughout the passageway. Passersby are enveloped in a calm, quiet environment perfect for chatting and resting while enjoying the stunning vistas. From a distance the bridge appears like a dotted line stretched across the river’s waters.
During the weekend, the luminaires are switched into market mode. Each of the wooden structures is embedded with four sets of dimmable 3000k linear LED luminaires, covered in an opalescent acrylic. When turned on they appear as a rhythmic linear light array with ample vertical facial illumination.
This resembles a brightly-lit market atmosphere and is aimed towards revitalizing the local rural economy by transforming the bridge into a place of congregation. This addition to the area’s nightscape has offered new avenues for the village’s economy, spurring growth.
The center of the bridge, at its widest point, also includes a platform with spotlights aimed to illuminate the trees, creating another gathering place for villagers.
Unlike the dotted line of the weekdays, on weekends the bridge resembles a rhythmic, bold beam of light, pulsating across the water.
Lounge Bridge in Shimen Village
Songyang of Lishui,
Xin Zhang, IALD
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
One Lighting Associates (Beijing)
DnA_Design and Architecture
Songyang County Tourism Development Co., Ltd
© Yang Shi (Images 01-06)
© Ziling Wang (Images 07-10)