Victoria on the River – Hamilton, New Zealand

Light as a “luminous object” of urban design

The concept of a river park as a resting point to meet and interact becomes truly effective if this elegant amphitheater maintains its vocation during evening hours.

The lighting fixtures installed in a public space must meet some essential requirements: strength, durability and low energy consumption. From the aesthetic point of view, the luminaire had to become items of  urban furniture and satisfy the guidelines of the architect, constantly oriented towards meticulously detailed urban design.

The perfect integration of these “luminous pieces” with the stepped gardens, terraces and boardwalks that characterize the architectural project, was the main goal of the lighting concept.

The Concrete bollard was the fixture chosen among the various solutions offered by Simes: a product that seems to have been specifically designed to fit this urban space. During the day it furnishes the space with its simple and rigorous forms; at sunset it becomes a luminous sculpture with a strong emotional impact and it makes the space pleasantly usable even in the evening hours.

This bollard is a concrete volume that hides an aluminum core where LED source is housed. Concrete is a living material that ages, transforms and evolves absorbing the surrounding colors, blending, integrating and interacting with the architecture. The aluminium takes on the more structural part whilst the concrete a more aesthetical function leaving the emotional role to the lighting effect.

Photographer – Simon Wilson

Prizes and awards

Edwards White Architect has been awarded with the recognition of the “Golden Pin” in the “Public and Institutional Spaces” category by the Designers Institute of New Zealand, for the build quality and the high comfort level of the site.

Designers Institute of New Zealand – Best designer award / Public and Institutional Spaces 2018