The city of Lyon in France has won first place in this year’s city.people.light awards. The competition recognises projects that demonstrate the contribution lighting schemes can make to the urban living environment, and was established in 2003 by Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International Association (LUCI).
Lyon received the honour for its Le mur vegetalise de l' Annonciade project, which combined lighting, plants and paintings to decorate one of the city's streets, Rue de l'Annonciade. The scheme created an almost interior-like atmosphere to the area by adorning the walls in the street with domestic-style cosy wall lights and images by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, while also highlighting the greenery.
One of the competition judges, Willem Reedijk, head of Rotterdam's street lighting department, said of the winning entry: 'It's almost a work of art, even though the main purpose was to illuminate the street to make it safer.'
The second prize went to the Norwegian lighting design of Stavanger city cathedral and the surrounding public areas. The scheme was praised by judges for maintaining the serenity of the location with well-balanced lighting.
C-MINE - a former coalmine transformed into an arts centre - in the Belgian city of Genk took third place for a lighting scheme that preserved the history of the mine.
This year's competition also saw two special mentions, for the Treasure Hill Public Art project in Taipei, and for the lighting scheme of Novy Arbat Street in Moscow.