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ÅF illuminates Rånåsfoss hydro power station in Norway

ÅF Lighting designed the new lighting for Rånåsfoss hydro power station – an important cultural monument within power production, which has been running since 1922.

During the recent renovation, a large glass structural extension was incorporated into the existing building. Together with LPO Architects, ÅF Lighting designed a lighting solution that accentuates the original facades and the new modern glass structure. The lighting control system has preprogrammed settings and can easily be administered by the users who can change the light settings accordingly.

- We wanted the lighting to enhance both the old buildings and the new glass structure between them. Working at Rånåsfoss was interesting because we wanted to meet the needs of functional lighting, since the machinery demands full focus, as well as the wish for scenic and spatial lighting for the visitors, says lighting designer Helga Iselin Wåseth.

This monumental building was originally designed by the architect Thorvald Astrup and has long been regarded as a cultural monument within power production due to its architectural structure. Both the monumental architecture and the original technology of the building are considered to be ahead of its time. Today the building also contains a power station museum and an energy forum, which are well-attended by students and the public.


Photographer: Tomasz Majewski