Bella Center, Kopenhagen by ewo

Bella Center, Kopenhagen


Designer Steven Scott
Launched in 2009
Architonic id 1105722

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Global warming was the central topic of the UN Conference on Climate Change staged in 2009 by the Danish government under a mandate from the United Nations. Together with the light designer Steven Scott and the architects from 3XN, ewo was already able to present a pioneering solution on the plaza in front of the conference centre by installing a CO2-neutral illumination system.

At the heart of the Gotham Street Lighting System­ project is a mast developed by Scott’s company, Scotia, which generates solar power. The lighting units were to be installed in fixtures designed by 3XN. Because the energy required was not to exceed what could be generated by the mast, highly efficient lighting technology was sought. In addition to producing the fixtures and providing the ultra-efficient lighting units, we used our know-how, to integrate the three components – the solar mast, the lighting fixture and the LED technology – into a reliable and stable system. Particularly since solar technology requires specific electro-technical solutions that include special operating equipment.

Together with its partners, ewo realised a prototype for an autonomous lighting system in this context. By complying with the highest classification of the technical standard EN 13201 for road lighting, ME1, we also provided proof of the potential performance and precision of this new technology at an early date.

Designer: Steven Scott

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