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Norrmalmstorg, a square in central Stockholm, is undergoing a transformation as the space becomes more of a destination while regaining its architectural integrity. Lighting plays a key role in enhancing its identity and function as a social meeting place.

The concept consists of creating an urban room. In the first stage, lighting consists of soft floodlighting on buildings around the square, and a subtle lighting under the classical tree plantings. Integrated lighting on the facade of the Nobis Hotel uses 150 LED fixtures to highlight architectural features, in addition to the soft floodlighting. This marks the hotel as a destination in the city and provides a rich experience for anyone staying in the square.

In the next stage, the four existing lighting poles, designed by Gustav de Frumerie in 1911, will get new lighting to contribute to a clearer definition of the square whilst being highlighted as a symbol of Norrmalmstorg.
Category: Architectural lighting design
Type of project: Public space
Commission: Lighting of façades and square
Client: Anders Bodin Fastigheter AB, Hufvudstaden, Council of Stockholm, City planning and traffic
Lighting design: Kai Piippo, Clara Fraenkel, Joonas Saaranen, Andreas Ejhed, Paul Ehlert
Status: Lighting of façades completed 2011, lighting of square ongoing.