ÅF LIGHTING DEMONSTRATES AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LIGHTING DESIGN
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 lighting design for Stovnertårnet (The Stovner Tower) in Oslo, Norway by ÅF Lighting took
home an IALD Award of Merit.
Globes of light at Stovnertårnet’s nests are linked by illuminated walkways, producing an angular spiral in the landscape near Oslo, Norway.
As the architect envisioned the tower as following the patterns of birds flying in the trees, the lighting
designers from ÅF Lighting imagined the scheme as a walk among the treetops.
Whether climbing Stovner Tower to enjoy stunning views of the landscape from one of the many
observation decks or viewing the tower from afar, the warmth of the lighting is captivating. As a judge aptly stated, this is “environmentally sensitive lighting design.”
Hidden light sources exist beneath eye level couched in anti-glare equipment, enabling visitors to view the sights unimpeded by light pollution or the fear of projecting light onto surrounding areas.
While the lighting in the nests is a steady warm light, the footbridges offer a neutral white light that
varies in intensity. The tower’s motion sensors raise the lights when motion is detected and dim them as motion drops, conserving energy and offering a mellow, pleasant effect to a leisurely stroll.
The footbridges also have gently illuminated handrails via integrated lights. From below walkers can
see the opaque, elongated lines of these rails as well as light fixtures mounted to the bottom of the
footbridges, shedding a soft light on the terrain.
The lighting design by ÅF Lighting truly aims to orient the visitor, whether they intend to take that walk among the treetops or need to familiarize themselves with the dark landscape below. The warmth of this lighting design offers a calm and secure serenity to the slopes.
Stovnertårnet (The Stovner Tower)
Sofie Persvik Landscape Architect
LINK Arkitektur – Team Landskap
Leithe & Christiansen AS
Oslo Kommune – Bymiljøetaten (Oslo Municipality – BYM)
© Tomasz Majewski (www.tomaszmajewski.no)