Lighting Civic & Historical Properties:
Downtown Helsinki Master Plan

Ross De Alessi Lighting Design > Civic & Historical Gallery > Helsinki

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Both sides of the Esplanade can be enjoyed from the park
Photo: Seppo Kaksonen
In celebration of Helsinki's 450th birthday, and in commemoration of its being showcased as a European Cultural Capital of 2000, RDLD successfully created and developed an ambitious civic lighting project to highlight the history and architecture of Helsinki.

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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