Senate Square Lighting Poles

Futudesign won the first prize in a design competition for new light poles for Helsinki Senate Square in 2018. The New Poles are part of a bigger lighting master plan upgrade project which brought the night time atmosphere of the square to the stature it deserves.
The square and its surrounding buildings form a unique and cohesive example of neoclassical architecture which is one of Finland’s most prestigious public space and photographed tourist attraction.

The light poles in Senate Square have always resembled the design style of their time period.
The vision of the new design is to create a subtle and inconspicuous design that blends into the prestigious surroundings yet has its own distinctive contemporary style.

The design of the light poles draws their concept from the axiality of the square and the cruciform plan of Helsinki Cathedral. The cross-section of the poles helps to conceal some of the lighting equipment when viewed from the direction of the square and the shadows it forms make the poles’ structures look more streamlined and slender.

City of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
Iikka Airas, Auvo Lindroos, Teemu Seppänen
Helsinki Urban Environment Division, lighting master plan: Valoa, Structural-, geo-, electrical design: Sitowise, production: Tehomet, Eltel Networks, Xal: We-Ef, iGuzzini: Opticalight, C2 Smartlight, Ratatek

Photography: Marc Goodwin, Iikka Airas/Futudesign, Barabild, Kuvio