Farum Midtpunkt has inspired generations of architects. It is an experimental, modernistic, and coherent housing area built in the early 70’s with its iconic cubic rooftop terraces reminiscent of Asian rice fields. During Farum Midtpunkt’s first 45 years, the demographic and social structure of the building has changed several times. The residents decided it was time to renew FM with an updated socio-environmental project.
The lighting concept is developed to increase the subjective feeling of security, prolong and support the social interaction into the dark hours and to be site-specific. Hence, reinforcing the feeling of local community, to be energy-efficient, sustainable and robust.
Functionally, the scope mainly consists of the illumination of three newly established areas: the welcome area towards Frederiskborgvej, the partition of the building, which constitutes the new entrance gate to FM, and the activity park located immediately after the partition of the building.
In the entrance area, the intention was to establish the visual order to enhance intuitive and unambiguous wayfinding. The goal was to illuminate all the internal surfaces of the passage to create a visual framing for the original spiral staircase. Today, the staircase is showcased as artwork redesigned as a standalone sculpture independent of the building’s superstructure. Special attention was given to the details of integrating the custom-made LED luminaires into the passage’s cladding. The coherent illumination of the vertical surfaces is completed by the illumination of the columns on the ground floor.
At the activity park side of the building, the lighting reinforces and highlights the new architectural framework: the walls along the edges’ area are illuminated and the centrally located timber deck is “lifted” by light, and thus “hovers” above the pavement. The location now has become the new social heart of FM. The newly created cultural and community spot invites people to say and spend their time.
On the other hand, the lighting is also developed to support the new sport activities, including skateboarding, roller skating, football and rock-climbing, for those who prefer motion at night. While developing the lighting for the sport activities, the emphasis was on establishing glare-free solutions while still creating an inviting and multi-use space.