Light Gallery of the Light Weeks in Tampere

VALOA designed the concept of “Light weeks” in Tampere city – the light gallery. Our office curated and executed the gallery in the first few years.


The light week event was limited by cityscapes to five different themes which form a lively entirety to the diverse and modern city center. These themes would be Hämeenkatu, Hämeenpuisto, walking streets, city block spaces and Itäinenkatu and Finlayson area. The subjects and themes follow the essence of the city space from the greater views of Hämeenkatu to the human-centric scale of the walking streets.

  • Type Seasonal lighting
  • Location Tampere
  • Completion year 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Customer The City of Tampere
  • Lighting Suppliers Martin


”Illuminated Pirkanmaa” – Light gallery


Due to the layered nature of the city construction there are empty wall spaces which form their own theme. The empty walls are the gables of the buildings and “un-spaces” which architectural value is not so significant. In the middle-Europe these empty wall canvases have many times got art to decorate them, graphics or a painting which covers the whole area.


Light gallery -idea has got it’s inspiration from these paintings and art pieces. The empty wall spaces are canvases waiting for content, collages, movement and life. Light gallery puts the city center’s empty walls for use by using them for light art. The light gallery attracts people to go to the city and enjoy the art pieces.


Light gallery is the gallery of light. It represents the different ways for light to emerge in the surrounding world.”


The Design Process

  • 01

    First, we find out the basis, requirements, and objectives of each project. The goal is to find a scheme, which caters to the needs of the client and where the visual image, atmosphere, image, safety, flexibility and adaptability, technical feasibility and the cost structure are taken into consideration. The analysis creates a concept: a view of what kind of lighting is best for the feature.

  • 02

    Based on a concept approved by the client, we draw up a solid implementation plan for the initial data of electrical design or as a project plan.

  • 03

    We act as a consultant to the client in all stages of the process. We ensure that plans materialize accordingly. When necessary, the project is supplied as a turnkey product.