“The nicest I’ve seen.” These were the words of Milan Obradovic when he cut the red tape to reopen the Kaptensbron bridge as chairman of the Malmö technical committee in August 2013. When Kaptensbron had to be reconstructed, the natural choice was to give Lokal XXX Architects together with Johan Moritz of the Malmö City Highways Department the task of illuminating the creation.
“This was a very special bridge designed by Esbjörn Jonsson and Berit Restad at Lokal XXX Architects, so it was difficult to find a suitable fixture. Quite simply, we had to develop one ourselves,” Moritz explains. The group settled on a fascinating elliptical design, a shape which looks different depending on where the viewer is standing or sitting – a circle from one angle, a line from another.
As well as having a harmonising effect with the bronze design, the human aspect was also central. For Johan Moritz, it’s important that the lighting welcomes people spending time in the surroundings. Today, the ellipses hover over benches cast in bronze to create both a sense of space and a fascinating lighting effect. The installation has been nominated for the Swedish Lighting Award 2014.
Client: City of Malmö.
Architect / Luminaire design: Lokal XXX Architects.
Lighting designer: Johan Moritz.