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In May 2019 a new H&M flagship store opened in Oslo in a historical building from 1800s. The original facade is listed as cultural heritage. It has now been preserved, refurbished and lifted with new lighting.

Zenisk was asked to design façade lighting to show the building as a landmark. It is located in Oslo’s central and most popular pedestrian and commercial area, Karl Johan’s Street, which is known for outstandingly preserved architecture and great shopping experiences.

The facade lighting is designed to highlight the architectural features of the building and address the whole volume. Carefully balanced contrasts bring out the three-dimensionality of the facade in a subtle way. From a distance, the building is well balanced and evenly lit, while on approach it mesmerises with its soft contrasts and details.

All fixtures have precise optic, custom shielding and are dimmable, which gives the opportunity to fine-tune the light levels, reduce energy consumption and limit light pollution.

Client: Hennes & Mauritz
Architect: NSW Architects
Awards: LIT. Lighting Design Awards 2019, Exterior Lighting

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