The lighting of Helsinki Metro stations was awarded in the Lighting Design Awards 2019, one of the most highly regarded international lighting design contests. The judges, who were a team of experts in the field and architects, selected lighting projects from over 300 entries from all over the world for the competition. Our feature was the only shortlisted lighting project from Finland.
Lighting Design Awards is one of the most highly esteemed competitions in the field of lighting design. In the category of Integration Project of the Year, the lighting features by the nominated candidates emphasised lighting integration into architecture. The awarded winners were announced 16. May at a gala event in London.
The Helsinki West Metro comprises eight new metro stations. Each station has been designed by a different firm of architects and represents the characteristics of the surrounding area. The primary objective of the lighting was to highlight the architecture, the surfaces and the elements through integrating light into them. The principles of human centric lighting were applied to the lighting: the lighting adjusts into the daily rhythm and the amount of light during the day, thus enhancing the user experience – their ability to concentrate as well as transferring from outdoors to indoors.
“Through the lighting of the stations, we wanted to accentuate the identity, architecture and identifiable features of each station, and create a freely accessible public space, where people feel safe and cozy. Our team takes pride in being highly commended”, Roope Siiroinen comments.
Lighting commissioned by: Länsimetro Ltd.
Architects behind the metro stations: CJN Architects, office of architects HKP Arkkitehdit, Arkkitehtityöhuone APRT Architects, ALA Architects, architect Esa Piironen, Helin & Co Architects
In co-operation with: Engineering office Nissinen and Sweco
More information on the competition as well as all of the winners at: https://awards.lighting.co.uk/winners-2019/