5 Creative Applications of Lighting in Landscape Architecture - architecture and design

5 Creative Applications of Lighting in Landscape Architecture



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Lighting is usually an afterthought in landscape architecture. The task is mostly left for the lighting sales representatives who, in turn, assign a lighting design that has nothing to do with the landscape. Given this generic rule, one would not expect lighting to form the MAIN conceptual approach for landscape architecture straightaway. But let me tell you, there ARE exceptions to this rule. That is to say, there are rare landscapes where lighting plays a central role in livening up the place. These areas develop various languages during day and night, thus offering a variety of experiences in the same place at different times.” Below are 5 examples of such cases.
1. Ishoj Station, Copenhagen, Denmark
Courtesy of AF Lighting
AF Lighting designed the station’s lighting to give it a strong identity in the Danish capital city. To this end, they used the lighting patterns to depict an artistic interpretation of water that would reflect Ishoj?s maritime environment. These patterns are purely aesthetic but one may argue that they essentially function to revive the space during the night. Nonetheless, the overall design is a combination of visually pleasing and functional light elements which include various color shades, projected images and bollard lighting for the bus stop waiting area.
Courtesy of AF Lighting
As for patterns, the architects decided to cast blue and white ripples on the pavement to make the users feel as if they are walking on the water surface. The ramps and stairs of the station exhibit other illuminated waveforms. This design scheme brings forth an overall watery landscape during the night. 2. Finsbury Avenue Square, London, England
Courtesy of SOM
Finsbury Avenue Square was a dark uninviting space that was revitalized by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) through creative lighting. They installed 100,000 LED lights in the grooves between the tiles and covered them with frosted glass. The resulting LED-frosted-glass grid generates subtle color changes that are reflected by the glass façades of the surrounding buildings. Consequently, these ever-changing light scenes create a lively plaza at the heart of London.
Courtesy of SOM
3. Pier 4 Plaza, Boston, USA
Courtesy of Mikyoung Kim
Designed by Mikyoung Kim, the plaza?s lighting effect creates a fun-filled nighttime experience. The designer enhanced the landscape by using special blue colored LED lights which flow in fiber optic linkages to indicate the historical course of rails in this area. This cold neon color not only evokes playful activity in the space but also connects it to the nearby waterfront. The blue shade further extends to the site furniture to blend it with the landscape.
Courtesy of Mikyoung Kim
Mikyoung Kim did not divide this multi-layered landscape using steps but slopes colored in different shades of gray to differentiate between levels. The slopes turn the plaza into a safe environmen...
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