The Coolsingel lantern was designed by West 8 as an icon for the redesign of the Coolsingel. The lantern provides pleasant and safe street lighting, complements the new interior design for this Rotterdam boulevard, and contains various references to the tradition of design along and around the street. The lantern was designed exclusively for the Coolsingel and will be placed in 23 places along the esplanade. Made of natural stone and steel, this sturdy lantern measures five and a half meters in height and one and a half meters in diameter at its widest point.
The lantern rests on a natural stone base from which three green-gray steel uprights rise. At the top, they keep two large light rings in the air in which LED lamps are integrated. To spread the LED lighting nicely diffusely, a 10mm thick acrylic light diffuser has been used. The OPY3 with two-sided satin surface provides a beautiful smooth appearance.
The motif of circles and lines is in line with the mosaic in the new paving of the Coolsingel. The colour of the base is the same as that of the facades of the Post Office and the old ABN building. Three types of lanterns have been used that appear the same at first glance. The only difference is the orientation of the light rings in the axial cross to which they are attached to the uprights. The shapes of the lantern also refer to other objects and buildings that were placed along the canal during the interwar period and after the Second World War, such as the historic lamps in front of the City Hall (they also carry light rings) and the old Bijenkorf of Dudok, of which the three striking balconies have been translated into a series of smaller rings at the top of the Coolsingell lantern.
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