Heritage Lighting

Lighting of Tammerkoski Rapids

  • Company
    WhiteNight Lighting Oy
  • Lead Designer
    Arto Heiskanen & WhiteNight Lighting team
  • Other Credit
    Pentti Putaja & LiCon-AT team
  • Other Designer(s)
    Pentti Putaja & LiCon-AT team
  • Categories
    Winner in Heritage Lighting
  • Location
    Tampere, Finland

One of the most iconic cityscapes in Finland, Tammerkoski rapids recount nearly 250 years of Finnish industrial history. Lined with monumental factories and other landmark buildings, the design team’s assignment was to rethink, modernize and expand upon the outdated 1980s lighting adorning this kilometer-long waterway that is the very essence of Tampere.

Since most of the buildings along the rapids – as well as the area as a whole – are historic landmarks protected by law, is was crucial that the lighting wasn’t too dominant, overpowering the treasured vista. Thus focusing on refined rather than flamboyant design choices, each structure was subtly highlighted in a way that best complimented its distinctive characteristics, allowing the venerable buildings to tell their own stories. At the same time, great care was taken to accentuate the three-dimensionality of the rugged stone and brick surfaces.

The perpetual motion of water, cadenced by its dynamic shifts from majestically rolling rivers to tranquil reservoirs and thundering cascades, was emphasized by a continuous string of lights installed on the embankment walls and careful use of floodlights at select locations.