Millennium Bridge London

The Millennium Bridge over the Thames in London links the City (St Paul's Cathedral) with Tate Modern. The competition for the design of the bridge was won by architect Norman Foster and sculptor Anthony Caro. It is a pedestrian bridge, 320 metres in length, an apparently simple aluminium construction with a four-metre-wide walkway. The railings, balustrades and louvres are made of rustproof steel. The aim of the designers was to allow as unobstructed a view as possible over the river in all...

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The Louis Philippe bridge over the Seine in Paris. The directions of the traffic on and u nder the bridge are made clear by the use of light. This three-dimensional presence has a harmonious appearance, with successful illumination ofthe whole bridge and of the view through the bridge. The Pont Neuf, Paris, consists of two sections, connecting both riverbanks via the le de la Cit . The Pont Neuf has a recognisable shape, which can be seen well both from a distance and from close up. A special...

Brandenburger Tor Berlin

The Brandenburger Tor, or Brandenburg Gate, which until the Wall came down was situated on the border between East and West Berlin, was thoroughly restored between 2000 and 2002. The front of this historic gate dating back to 1788 is on Pariser Platz and the rear side is on the edge of the Tiergarten city park. It is a symmetrical complex that serves as a passageway and forms a spatial unit with the adjoining buildings on Pariser Platz. This square runs into Unter den Linden, with its famous...

Christa van Santen

Birkh user - Publishers for Architecture Basel Boston Berlin The City as an Outside Interior 8 Beautification of the City 24 Public Lighting 34 Designing with Light 50 The Illumination of Buildings 68 Case Studies 90 Brandenburger Tor, Berlin 92 Somerset House, London 94 Cathedral Basilica of Sint-Jan, 's-Hertogenbosch 96 Colosseum, Rome 98 Ostend ioo Bridges 104 Use of Colour no Light in the city is necessary for orientation. Lighting makes it possible to distinguish streets, paths and parks,...

Pont Neuf Paris

The Pont Neuf in Paris, the oldest bridge over the Seine, is illuminated by compact fluorescence, fluorescent tubes and a line of xenon lamps. The details and the surface of the bridge are illuminated by compact-fluorescent lighting with a colour temperature of 2700 k. The balustrades are illuminated by a line of xenon lamps. The arches are lit by the 3000 k fluorescent tubes positioned at the top of the pilasters. All of the light sources are covered by a screen (in the same colour as the...

Chapel Nijmegen

This chapel in the centre of Nijmegen, which dates from around 1431, is now used as a centre for meditation and cultural events. Lights with coloured leds, which are regulated by a computer program, illuminate the chapel walls with an alternating cycle of green, blue and purple light. The ground spots that are responsible for creating the different colours are installed at the base of the chapel. These changes in colour nullify the sacred atmosphere of the original chapel, and undermine the...