Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta
Kruunuvuorenranta, the new neighbourhood being constructed on the west shore of Laajasalo opposite Helsinki city centre, will be a neighbourhood of light. The lighting of Kruunuvuorenranta will be designed based on the winning works of an international lighting competition. The lighting competition and the Oil silo 468 light artwork are part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
The lighting of Kruunuvuorenranta will be based on an international invitational competition organised by the City of Helsinki. Four groups were selected for the competition from among the applications. The invited groups hail from the United Kingdom, Holland, France and Austria.
It was decided to award two first prizes. The winning proposals are ’Into the Light’ by the Austrian group Bartenbach LichtLabor GmbH and ’Luonnon lyhdyt’ (Nature’s lanterns) by the Dutch West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture and Speirs and Major Associates.
The winning entries are mainly based on LED technology. The lighting has been designed to be controlled so that the light’s colour temperature and the amount of light will follow the changing seasons and match the lighting need and intended activity.
‘Into the Light’ bases its concept strongly on natural light and the different properties of different seasons, making darkness an important part of the lighting solution. The area has been designed in such a way that, viewed from outside, its different subsections are lit with different intensities, and functionally significant places and the light artworks on the shore will be highlighted.
’Luonnon lyhdyt’ (Nature’s lanterns) is an entry whose lighting solution is founded on views that open up in natural light, the materials used in the area, the area's vegetation, the seasons and human activities. ’Luonnon lyhdyt’ (Nature’s lanterns) is rich in detail and experiential ideas. The plan emphasises the importance of light in the communality between residents and in everyday surroundings.
Surrounded by the sea and archipelago nature, Kruunuvuorenranta will become a neighbourhood suitable for 11,000 residents by the end of the 2020s. The area’s lighting will be designed based on the winning entries. Construction will commence next year with street construction, and the first houses will be erected in Gunillankallio.
‘Oil silo 468’ (Öljysäiliö 468) is the first light artwork in Kruunuvuorenranta area. The work was designed by light artist Tapio Rosenius (Lighting Design Collective) prior to the international competition.
The light artwork ‘Oil silo 468’ glitters white in the evening and, when the night sets, its red blaze can be seen from the city centre over the sea. The work, which was created in a large 1960s oil silo, is a reference to Kruunuvuorenranta’s almost 90 years as an oil port and the construction of a new area surrounded by the sea and green archipelago nature.
A total of 2012 round openings were cut in the shell of the silo. The mirrors that were placed in the openings sparkle in sunlight. As the night darkens, the LED lights inside the shell change, making the old oil silo into a large, ever-changing light artwork. The interior of the Oil silo, nearly 1,000 m², can be used for many purposes, such as small theatre, dance and circus performances, exhibitions, flea markets, fairs and village festivals. The construction of the light artwork was overseen by the City of Helsinki Public Works Department.
The light artwork will be open to the public on three weekends in October: 13–14 October and 20–21 October at 4–7 pm and 27–28 October at 3:30–5:30 pm.
The Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta exhibition from 9 October to 3 November 2012
At the Helsinki City Planning Department's Laituri information and exhibition facility
open Tue–Fri from 10 am to 6 pm, Sat noon to 4 pm, Narinkka 2 (Kamppi, the old bus station building)
Information on the exhibition on the Laituri website