The indoor lighting of Kodin 1 in Lielahti, Tampere, has received an honorary award at the Lighting Project of the Year 2011 competition. The lighting was designed by lighting designers Arto Heiskanen and Antti Hiltunen from VALOA design Ltd. The idea behind the lighting scheme is to decrease general lighting and replace it with carefully placed spotlights. The new lighting solution has created a sophisticated atmosphere, as well as significantly decreased the energy consumption. Kodin 1 is a first-class energy saving example for all interiors.

 

A way of new thinking has been applied to the lighting design of the Lielahti department store of interior design. The lighting of each department is specifically designed keeping the purpose of use and the atmosphere in mind. Accent lighting and the presentation of the products are key in the lighting.

 

The department store has different spaces under the same roof. The project has utilised the illuminated “space within a space” thinking. The general and accent lighting is completely adaptable, so that when departments trade places, the desired lighting look can be smoothly altered according to each department. The new, smarter ceiling and accent lighting calm the overall look of the department store, while creating a cosy and comfortable atmosphere.

 

Lowering the level of general lighting has enabled accent lighting products with low-intensity spotlight fixtures. Consequently, electricity consumption has decreased by 35% compared with earlier implementations.

 

“Great lighting has atmosphere, elegance and function, while being nevertheless economical”, says Anne Jaakkola, the store design manager of Anttila Ltd.

 

Kodin 1 in Lielahti was opened in October 2009. The total area of the department store is 8 500 m² on two floors. The manager of the Lielahti store is Juha Riipinen.

 

The statement of the jury:

 

The glare-free lighting of the Kodin 1 department store draws one’s attention. The amount of general lighting in the middle areas is smaller than what one is accustomed to in department stores. This enables the fact that there has not been a need to increase the intensity of accent lighting in an excessive measure in order to present the products. Thus, the result is an energy efficient and pleasant lighting scheme. Energy efficiency is significant in retail spaces due to long operating time of the lighting. When decorating, one has been able to take advantage of indoor lighting fixtures, whereupon the appearance of the products is presented in a domestic-like atmosphere. For the visitor, the space feels bright and open due to light coloured ceiling surfaces and illuminated vertical surfaces. The accent lights have been placed discreetly in the strips left between the white latticework in the ceiling. The lighting of Kodin 1 department store is a great example when planning new shopping spaces.

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