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And the winner is…

2015 has been proclaimed as the International Year of Light by the UN. To support the initiative ÅF launched the Lighting Makeover contest. After due deliberation, we are happy to announce the winner!

ÅF’s Lighting Makeover goes to the City of Stockholm
We received many relevant and worthy entries – primarily from Scandinavia but also from associations and committees in Southern Europe. Our choice fell on the City of Stockholm, who nominated two historical disused gasometers functioning as landmarks in the urban develop-ment project – the Royal Seaport area of the Swedish capital.

The main reason behind our choice is the high ambitions for the area and the sustainable approach used in the project. Like many other capitals, Stockholm is growing rapidly in terms of population. Therefore the City of Stockholm needs to develop new urban areas to provide housing as well as workplaces. The ambitious aim is to transform the Royal Seaport area into a sustainable, diverse and lively city district. This is one of the largest sustainable redevelopment projects in Europe with 12 000 households and 35 000 workplaces, and it has a strong focus on ecological, social and economic aspects. The fact that the area was previously used for port operations and other industry will remain visible in the future, as some of the old architecture will be kept – for instance four out of five gasometers.

Lighting design for important landmarks
A team of ÅF lighting designers will now start the process of creating a lighting design proposal which we hope will then be realized. The two historical gasometers can be seen to symbolize the sustainable urban area under development with its cutting edge solutions. Due to their exceptional shapes and impressive height, the silhouettes of the gasometers are also visible from far away from various locations in Stockholm. Thus they constitute an opportunity for many people to experience the value of well-planned and designed lighting.

We are happy that the competition has received such great interest. We would love to design lighting design proposals for all the entries, and the choice was a hard one. But in the end we could select only one. Our goal is now to create a remarkable lighting design that many people will benefit from. We hope and believe our effort will help raise awareness about the importance of the lighting design profession”, says Allan Ruberg, Head of ÅF Lighting.

Congratulations to the City of Stockholm!

The competition is part of L-RO’s official activities programme. L-RO has been recognized as an Official Partner of the United Nations International Year of Light 2015 under the patronage of UNESCO.