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Illuminated river

Illuminated river

Illuminated river

Illuminated River is a design commission on an unprecedented scale. A scheme to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames.

Six teams were shortlisted following an international design competition run by The Illuminated River Foundation and the Mayor of London.

Each team created a concept design for lighting four individual bridges (Chelsea, London, Waterloo and Westminster) and an overarching masterplan for the main road, rail and pedestrian bridges between Albert and Tower.

The idea for this project comes from the meaning of the River Thames. Evolution of the city center, the model has always its communities and driving its economy. By day, the river is a beautiful landscape for both Londoners and tourists, but at night it appeared off. From this the idea to make the Thames a place to enjoy even after sunset.

Illuminated river will transform the center of London. Focusing on seventeen bridges Albert Hall and Tower, it will illuminate these structures to create a ribbon of light to beautify the Thames at night.

The winning team of the competition was the one formed by the American light artist Leo Villareal and the famous British architects and urban planners, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

The winning project “Current” has proposed a new way of interpreting light, understood as a technological super urban quality and environmentally compatible, because it promises to reduce both pollution and energy waste.

Final goal: to offer a night experience for all.