What a brilliant idea, literally. A spectacle not to be missed when visiting Taormina/Italy.
The Ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, Italy is transformed by night
Lighting experts, iGuzzini, have helped transform The Ancient theatre of Taormina, an ancient Greek theatre in Taormina, southern Italy, built in the third century BC. As the largest of its kind in Sicily (after that of Syracuse); it is frequently used for theatrical performances and concerts.
As such, the lighting design for the ancient theatre of Taormina, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, was created in order to extend visiting hours at the site into the evening. It seeks to use light to enhance the site’s splendid classical architecture, as well as allowing visitors to access the theatre in perfect safety even at night.
Operating in collaboration with the Energy Service Company Metaenergia (ESCo), the team immediately recognised iGuzzini’s immense expertise in the lighting sector and its skill in using light to both protect and enhance cultural heritage.
The project, designed by Engineer Roberto Sannasardo, involved updating the existing lighting system (installed in 1999 by the French studio Roland Jeol) with new technological solutions.
See youtube video of case study here: https://youtu.be/Xzn9WECz3Ns
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Non-invasive design solutions were specifically requested in the commission, so compact and hidden luminaires were chosen, and wherever possible, the existing installation system was used to avoid attaching more brackets to the ancient walls. The overall aim was to create a lighting system that would have a realistic effect and succeed in reproducing the subtle colours of dusk.
Warm colour temperatures (2900-3000 K) were chosen and products with high colour rendering (a CRI of 90) ensures that the site’s natural materials are properly saturated with the required range of colour. Moreover, all the existing lighting units were replaced with new DALI LED elements has resulted in an 80% reduction in consumption and consequently lower management costs.
It was also important to ensuring the site was safe at night. The designer lit the site with linear lighting created by Underscore InOut luminaires recessed in the handrails and diffused lighting produced by Woody series floodlights. The designer chose the Woody series because of its high level of visual comfort and wide variety of installation systems and uses, which range from highlighting details to landscaping.
To find out more specifics on the light methods used to bring the theatre alive, please find the Ancient Theatre of Taormina case study here: http://www.iguzzini.com/projects/project-gallery/the-ancient-theatre-of-taormina/
Architect Vera Greco, Head of the Naxos Archaeological Park said,
“The fact that architecture and light are inseparably bound is well known. This is why this project, in addition to satisfying lighting and energy requirements, also boasts the added value of accurately highlighting architectural and archaeological features, like the ruins surrounding the summa cavea (upper auditorium). These are perceived as significant parts of the site, and enrich the visitor’s experience both educationally and emotionally.”
This new lighting system, officially unveiled at a press conference and opening event on June 28th, illuminates the splendid architecture and natural beauty of this archaeological site perfectly while also strictly complying with all the relevant safety standards.