The lighting of 8 new Helsinki metro stations is a winner in LIT Lighting design awards 2019
The Länsimetro (Western metro) and it’s eight new metro stations opened in autumn 2017: Lauttasaari, Koivusaari, Keilaniemi, Aalto-university, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä. The key of the lighting solution is the integration of light and architecture as a coherent entirety. Each station has its own identity which is formed from the combination of architecture, art, and light. These stations’ identities are based on the environments of the stations. The role of lighting has been considered diversely and the solution is subdued, architecturally high-quality and functioning in commuter’s everyday life, also considering the importance of light in underground spaces. The visually durable quality is created by the repeating lighting styles, non-glare, sufficient light levels and the integration of the lighting.
Architecture: CJN – architects Oy, Helin & Co, ALA-architects and Esa Piironen, HKP and APRT / Electrical engineering: Tauno Nissinen Ltd / Electrical contractor: Are / Light art of stations: Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nissinen (Keilaniemi), Lighting Design Collective (Lauttasaari)
The lighting of the National Museum in Finland got honorable mention in LIT Lighting design awards 2019
The National Museum building was designed by architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The building was constructed mainly 1905-1910 and the museum was opened to the public in 1916. With its granite façade and soapstone decorations, it is one of the main works of Finnish National romantic architecture. The visual appearance of National Museum lighting is dignified and subdued. The concept was a winner in a design competition. The lighting focuses on the visibility of the building in the busy cityscape and it creates a feeling that the building breathes and is alive even when the museum is closed. The lighting separates the masses of the building; granite, warm-toned surfaces, and the windows. The impressiveness is thus created from the building itself and from the contrast of granite’s light-shadow ratio. The identity of the building is thoughtfully highlighted with the logo of the museum. In the main entrance, the light creates a flooding touch which is created with reflections and window lights. In the central view, the tower is highlighted. Discrete play of light and shadow and the ratios of warm and cold give the main role for the architecture.