The project was developed for the Gröna Stråket project where Lund Municipality aim was to make bicycle lanes more accessible and safe by creating an infrastructure that encourages residents to use bicycles over other means of transport.
This tunnel, like many others, was perceived as cramped and unsafe according with the research results provided by Lund University. The original lighting was harsh and glaring, and the stark contrast between the darkness outside and the high levels of light inside the tunnel provoked a spooky unpleasant feeling.
The proposed solution passed by illuminating the tunnel with indirect light by using downward LED fixtures behind the perforated steel plates decorated in a warm yellow colour, evoking the form of a beehive. The meeting between the lit environment inside the tunnel and the lit outside is now seamlessly integrated, reducing contrast levels between tunnel and its surroundings, and therefore increasing the sense of security.
The use of indirect lighting placed inside the custom made perforated panels creates a robust solution against vandalism while proving a comfortable atmosphere inside the tunnel.
Public Space, Tunnels, Research
Work developed for Yoke
Johanna, lighting designer at LightPoetry
Department of Architecture - Environmental Psychology at LTH, Lund University