lighting design collective convert silo 468 into public light show lighting design collective convert silo 468 into public light show
nov 01, 2013

lighting design collective convert silo 468 into public light show

lighting design collective convert silo 468 into public light show
photo by tuomas uusheimo
all images courtesy of lighting design collective




madrid-based lighting design collective have converted a disused oil silo into an art installation and new public space. ‘silo 468’ signifies the start of a major waterfront redevelopment in helsinki, and is intended to create a landmark for the district, visible from several kilometers away.

the project signifies the start of a major urban redevelopment in helsinki
photo by tuomas uusheimo




lighting design collective have made use of both natural and artificial light in developing the scheme which forms an important civic destination. through the implementation of a bespoke software system, 1280 LED domes are able to react to the environmental conditions, changing in relation to the wind speed and direction, temperature and weather. the occurring patterns are designed to be fluid, natural and unique, and the result is a constantly evolving glowing mural.

the light patterns are designed to be fluid, natural and unique
photo by hannu iso-oja




at midnight the exterior of the structure turns red for one hour, which is intended to reflect the structure’s former use as a container of energy. later, at 2:30AM, the lights turn off completely as the last ferry departs from helsinki to suomenlinna.

1280 LED lights react to the environmental conditions
photos by tuomas uusheimo




the interior of the building is painted a deep red, as daylight seeps in through the perforated walls. 450 steel mirrors placed behind the holes reflect sunlight, allowing the project to sparkle mirroring the surface of the adjacent water.

a new public space is created through the conversion of the silo
photos by tuomas uusheimo

the interior of the building is painted a deep red
photo by tuomas uusheimo

the continuous wall looking up toward the silo’s roof
photo by tapio rosenius

450 steel mirrors placed behind the perforations reflect light
photos by hannu iso-oja

the silo will be viewed from several kilometers away
photo by tuomas uusheimo


silo 468 urban light art piece for city of helsinki
video courtesy of lighting design collective




project info:


lead design: lighting design collective: tapio rosenius, oscar martin, rodolfo lozano, victor soria, gorka cortazar, reinaldo alcala, rodrigo arcaya (
client: city of helsinki planning department, taske, helsinki energy
project manager: hkr executive
executive architect: pöyry finland oy
electrical engineers: olof granlund oy
contractor: vrj etelä-suomi oy

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