Lighting scheme for the pedestrian area of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

"Shimmering blues and ochres"


Client : City of Neuchâtel

Years : 2014-2015 (in progress)

Design team : Radiance 35, ScPRL

Scope of appointment : Full appointment

Lighting scheme for the pedestrian area of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

The lighting scheme for the pedestrian area of Neuchâtel involves 3 stages: the master design for the city centre, the pedestrian area lighting scheme and the technical development of the project. An exploratory night walk and on-site trials were organised.
The works were developed on four levels: The “background” (= street lighting), the iconic buildings, the fountains and the water trail (the Seyon).

The proposed concept for the background is to create an atmosphere and provide appropriate lighting within four sectors: the pedestrian centre, by means of contemporary lanterns, the other streets by means of sober, functional lighting devices, the banks of the lake with low-level lighting bollards (Mont-blanc esplanade and place du Musée) and the singular spaces by means of spotlights or specific lighting devices to create a lively night-time atmosphere.
Harmonious colours and sober lighting will be used on iconic buildings. Architectural details will be highlighted.
The lighting of the fountains will be of one of two types according to their characteristics and their designs.
The trace of water, to resurrect the historical structuring axis of the Seyon, will be symbolised by a path of blue-coloured “showers” marking the connection with the lake.