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Flexible lighting and colourful light scenes for a Norwegian library

10 March 2023

L&L Luce&Light has illuminated the library of the new Samling complex in Sand, Norway


The picturesque village of Sand in the municipality of Nord-Odal, nestled deep in the woods of eastern Norway, has recently seen the addition of a new cultural centre. This meeting point for the local community has the aim of revitalising it socially, educationally and economically, while also giving the little Norwegian town a new identity and promoting its development.

The innovative, multifunctional Samling community space, designed by Helen & Hard Architects, includes a library, new offices for the Odal Sparebank and around ten apartments, all combined in a compact, unique and geometrically intriguing spatial composition. The library, the heart of the new Samling centre, is impressively spacious while maintaining a welcoming, human-scale ambience. Its generous height is divided into two levels connected by a staircase.

The lighting design was created by SML Lighting and implemented using L&L Luce&Light fixtures. It perfectly meets the client’s requirements for flexible, adaptable lighting able to illuminate such a large space while also maintaining the library’s functionality and the well-being of its users. On the upper floor, the reading lamps WALL 8.0 (max 2W), 6000K, with 25° optics and an elegant satin finish, are positioned on the desks abutting the glass balustrade, where they precisely light the desktops.

These lamps, with their flexible neck, were created by the company specifically as reading lights and can be mounted on shelves, walls or spare gangs. The entire library area is equipped with atmospheric effect lighting, used to mark special anniversaries, receptions or festive events. For this reason, Neva Mini 7 (15W) and Neva 7.2 (75W) the linear profiles for the architectural lighting were installed on the wall in the upper part near the ceiling. Both versions have narrow 18° optics, adjustable supporting brackets with graduations and RGBW LED light sources, so that different lighting scenes can be created in a variety of colours. These are also visible externally, through the large glass windows.

Neva profiles feature a minimalist design and recessed optics for excellent visual comfort. Their 4-mm-thick, transparent extra-clear glass guarantees the light’s colour uniformity.


Photocredits: Dag Sandven

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