Built in 2012, the Sölvesborg Bridge reaches across the bay of Sölvesborg, connecting the center of this sleepy Swedish town with a new housing district. At 756 meters long, it is the longest bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Europe, its three distinctive support arches – made from over 150 tons of duplex stainless steel – visible from a great distance.
Working closely with the municipality, design firm Ljusarkitektur set out to develop a lighting scheme that would enhance the bridge’s landmark status, without leaving a negative impact on the local habitat.
“We always work from the human perspective and experience, but in this case the surrounding natural area was also important to consider. There is a rich birdlife in the area that we didn’t want to disturb,” says Lina Färje, lighting designer at Ljusarkitektur.The firm used 24 Lumenfacade Color Changing luminaires to graze the suspension cables and light the distinctive arches. A custom, deep glare shield was also developed to hide the light sources and prevent glare. Colors are preprogramed for different scenarios, including migratory patterns of birdlife in the area, and special events in the city. The end result has managed to be both dynamic and understated, turning the bridge into a local landmark.