While we wait for the 2024 edition of the LUCI Cities & Lighting Awards, have a glance at the winners of the 2022 edition.

Winners 2022

The ceremony of the LUCI Cities & Lighting Awards took place in Busan, South Korea, during the LUCI Annual General Meeting on 21 Oct 2022.

1st Place: Konak-Kemeralti Lighting Masterplan – City of Izmir

City: Izmir
Country: Turkey
Population: 4.500.000

Project coordinator: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality; Lighting design: ARUP; Contracting authority: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality; Installation & maintenance: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality

Equipment: 336.000 light poles
Light source: LED 2700K – 3000K
Energy consumption (existing): 330 816 kwh
Energy consumption (proposed): 133 041 kwh

Date launched: 2016
Inauguration date: 2018 (first phase) 2022 (second phase)

Operating cost: 31.982 euro (first phase) 87.675 euro (second phase)
Pilots implementation: 54 029 EUR

Started in 2016, the two phased lighting masterplan aims to integrate social, ecological, and economical aspects of planning into the process of creating a sustainable future for the city.

Converting to LEDS sets the target to reduce 50% of energy consumption and 50% less carbon emission is expected. With the use of a central lighting automation system, maintenance cost is to be reduced. However, the most important objective of the plan is to create a dialogue with light. As explained, the area hosts different cultural groups, and the common language becomes “play”.

Lighting is closely related to a sense of belonging as well as the sense of security and safety. Aiming to improve social resilience and social inclusion, the needs of underrepresented groups through a women and children first” perspective, is prioritised in the process of developing the masterplan.

“An ambitious approach that combines a global vision of urban spaces and a sensitive consideration of everyday living spaces.”
“This project shows how thoughtful lighting is an important part of the social glue that makes us see, meet, experience, and interact. A need that all humans have everywhere.”

2nd Place: Tammerkoski rapids, Industrial Heritage Reimagined – City of Tampere

City: Tampere
Country: Finland
Population: 245.027

Project coordinator: City of Tampere; Lighting design: White Night Lighting & A-insinöörit; Contracting authority: City of Tampere; Installation: Tampereen VERA & EITEL Networks; Maintenance: Tampereen VERA

Equipment: diverse
Light source: LED 2700K and RGBW

Date launched: 2020

Design and planning: 250.000 euro
Equipment: 840.000 euro
Installation: 910 000 euro
Total cost: 2.000.000 euro

The role of Tammerkoski rapids has changed over the years. Initially, it was the source of power and the reason why industrialization started where Tampere is now located. Now the factories have almost completely moved away from the banks and the land has been freed up for recreational use. The everyday lighting scene is calm and elegant. For the hours of the night the lights will dim down to a night scene. During winter weekends, the landscape also looks a bit different. All scenes are made to highlight this scenery the way that it deserves.

The main goal of lighting is to bring the history of the past visible in a balanced way during night-time. Because of calm and dignified appearance of the space, it works well as a common living room for all residents of the city.

Finland has a lot of dark time, so it was important to have a cultural landscape for people to use in the dark. The magnificent rapids landscape, together with carefully considered lighting, provides good walking routes and recreational opportunities now also in the dark. A safe and welcoming environment is likely to attract people to explore the rapids. The development of Tammerkoski has created a balanced series of night landscapes that are an attraction for tourists coming to Tampere to discover the history of the city.

“The jury recognised the way that lighting brings the history of the city visible during nighttime. A beautiful project that values the industrial buildings along the rapids and the historic landmarks creating a fascinating interplay of light and shadow.”

“The project shows excellent and precise lighting of the industrial historical place. It is well planned and well executed letting the beautiful buildings present themselves. All with full control systems that enables adjustments in light levels throughout the seasons and the night.”

3rd Place: New Gwanghwamun Square Lighting – Seoul Metropolitan Government

City: Seoul
Country: Republic of Korea
Population: 9.700.000

Project coordinator: SEOUL Metropolitan Government; Lighting design: CA DESIGN Co.; Contracting authority: SEOUL Metropolitan Government; Installation: SEOUL Metropolitan Infrastructure Headquarters; Maintenance: SEOUL Metropolitan Government

– 284,355 Street lights (79% LED Light)
– 233,059 Security lights (69% LED Light)
– 42,677 Lights for park (75% LED Light)
– 930 Decorative lights
– 62 Media facade

Date launched: 2017

Inauguration date: 2022

Total cost: 4.800.000 euro

Gwanghwamun Square is the center of history and culture that embodies Seoul’s 600 years of history as the capital of Korea. The square was the most important place where people gathered to obtain news and exchange opinions, and it developed as the symbol of Korea’s democracy and unity after going through various events in modern history. A Korean nightscape was created where visitors, city, nature, and Seoul’s history can connect in harmony. For this, density was expressed like drawing a Korean painting by using the volume, height, and density of light.

The project strived to embody the past and present, connect nature and people, as a place of leisure and culture. The goal was to appropriate the historically dynamic Gwanghwamun Square and recreate a Korean landscape through open space and harmony.

Gwanghwamun Square is a space all visitors can freely use where history, culture, leisure, and citizen activity coexist together. Lengthy discussions and debates with citizens and experts in the field of history, city, construction, transportation, culture, etc. resulted in a beautiful square that is loved by citizens.

“The jury values the transformation of the historic Gwanghwamun Square with a high traffic density into a harmonious and calm nightscape for the use and enjoyment of its citizens.”

“The transformation of this place has been executed with care for history, culture, and place. Attention is pulled towards a multilayered series of experiences and meeting places.”

“It is a combination of calm, low scale and stylish lighting. The area has a big meaning for the citizens and visitors.”

Special Mention: Light+Darkness in the City – City of London Corporation

“The Jury wanted to give a special mention to the vision developed by the City of London for its firm commitment to incorporating an approach in which light and darkness are balanced to meet both the functional and aesthetic needs.”

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Photo credits: ©City of Izmir; ©Skyfox, Marko Kallio – City of Tampere; ©Seoul Metropolitan Government