Master Plans, Mock-ups, and Renderings:
Downtown Helsinki Master Plan

Ross De Alessi Lighting Design > Master Plans Gallery > Downtown Helsinki Master Plan

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Both sides of the Esplanade can be enjoyed from the park
Photo: Seppo Kaksonen
RDLD’s Master Plan for lighting downtown Helsinki’s central retail and historic districts served many purposes: First, highlight and celebrate the Downtown District’s past, present and future. Second, create a signature piece of lighting artistry, technique and implementation. Third, combine decorative post-top lanterns and architectural façade lighting to form the background for application of retail identification and commercial presence in the district. Fourth, create a beacon for the area as a central place of congregation, transportation, tourism and commerce. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it had to enliven the spirit of passerby during the long winter months, through the warmth of street-level lanterns and washes of light on architectural facades. Twelve renderings and two computer models were created, and preliminary and five full-scale mock-ups were performed illustrating these effects.

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This nearly one mile stretch of Etelaesplanadi glows through the Esplanade's linden trees. A new low-impact, low wattage ceramic metal halide lighting system does all the work
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The effects of new poles and lanterns blend with the new integrated lighting of city hall
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The proposed arches for Mannerheimintie's tramway, lighting, and signage
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The double-head version seen in front of the Hotel Kemp
Photo: Pekka Kiirala
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The lit effect captures streets, sidewalks, façades, and cornices
Photo: Seppo Kaksonen
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Streets and sidewalks enjoy uniform illumination from pedestrian scale poles and lanterns
Photo: Pekka Kiirala
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The Esplanade's linden trees also are uplighted
Photo: Seppo Kaksonen
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The single-head pole lines the sidestreets
Photo: Pekka Kiirala
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An early mock-up of the "teardrop" lantern. These were redesigned in the classic PH style
2000 – Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction, International Illumination Design Awards; IES
2000 – Award of Merit; International Association of Lighting Designers
1999 – The Edison Award; General Electric